The Okinawa Prefectural Government sent a request to the U.S. government in April, 2018, to have discussions with the Okinawa Prefectural Government and other stakeholders as required by the National Historic Preservation Act. The discussions would enable the U.S. government to give proper deliberation to the cultural significance of dugongs and the impact the plan has on them.
However, the construction work began without any discussions between the Department of Defense and the Okinawa Prefectural Government taking place. Also, a dead dugong was found in the waters of the northern part of the mainland of Okinawa. Therefore, we have sent a letter to three members of the U.S. government including the Secretary of Defense to request the U.S. government to retract the relocation plan to Henoko to protect the dugongs.