Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nago fishing co-op OKs base fill | The Japan Times

The head of a fishermen’s cooperative in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, said its members will agree to landfill work necessary for the planned relocation of the Futenma military base to the city’s Henoko coastal area.

“We are unable to fish freely in the planned landfill site. I believe 99 percent of our members will agree to the work as they want the issue to be settled soon,” Hiroshi Kohagura told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday after the Defense Ministry submitted to the cooperative a document asking for an agreement to the landfill plan.

The agreement of the association, which has fishing rights for the surrounding ocean area in Henoko, is required if Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima is to give the green light to the landfill work.

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Comment: Wow, I wonder how many typhoon bottles of Sake it took to get them to agree to that? Knowing how Okinawan fishermen lover to drink, a lot more than 99!

1 comment:

  1. Bribery works... It's not rocket science, and in this sort of case it would be substantial. That that is coming from coffers filled by Japanese taxpayers is a crime. Funnily enough, the concrete-making companies in Okinawa will "be happy to support" the landfill too. As a result the pristine waters of Oura Bay will be never be the same.

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