Land Reclamation for a U.S. Military Base

Japan halts US Okinawa base expansion

Date of Release: 
Mar 4 2016

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe has agreed to suspend construction work required for the relocation of a controversial US military base in Okinawa.

Mr Abe said he was accepting a court-mediated settlement reached after a long stand-off between the central government and local authorities.

The government wants to move the US Futenma airbase from its densely populated site to a more remote area.

But local officials and residents want the base removed entirely.

Japan has already began land reclamation work off the shore of Camp Schwab, the US base in Henoko, south of Nago city.

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Central government to restart landfill preparation work for U.S. base in Okinawa

Date of Release: 
Oct 28 2015

Japan’s Defense Ministry submitted a notice to the Okinawa prefectural government on Wednesday announcing plans to restart preparatory work on the land reclamation project for the relocation of a U.S. military base.

The ministry’s Okinawa Defense Bureau plans to start work as early as Thursday to create a storage space for materials necessary for the landfill work off the Henoko coastal area in the city of Nago, informed sources said.

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