In December last year, the Japanese Supreme Court ruled against Okinawa Prefectural Government over the legal dispute between the national government and Okinawa Prefectural Government concerning the reclamation approval of the Henoko area.
However, the national government still needs to go through various procedures with OPG, such as asking for OPG’s permission, in order to proceed with the construction of a new base. The latest court ruling means the court made its judgment on merely one such procedure.
We will continue to strictly examine and decide the propriety of each request from the national government.
Although some claim the latest Supreme Court decision completely solved the issue of the construction of a new base at Henoko, that argument distorts the judicial system and laws.
My position that I do not allow the construction of a new base at Henoko will never change, and my determination is unwavering.
I am convinced that the construction of a new base will not go according to the plan laid out by the Japanese and U.S. governments due to the various legal procedures needed for its construction and the opposition of the people of Okinawa.
This construction, which will bury our beautiful ocean under more than two million ten ton dump-truck loads of soil and sand, will not be completed within the originally scheduled 10 year construction period no matter how forcibly the national government tries to proceed. It will instead take 15 or even more than 20 years.