High court rules against Okinawa governor

BY JULIAN RYALL

Japan Correspondent

TOKYO — A high court has ruled in favor of the Japanese government in a legal battle with the governor of Okinawa Prefecture over stalled reclamation work at a U.S. military base, although the prefectural government was swift to appeal the decision.

The Naha branch of the Fukuoka High Court ruled on Sept. 16 that Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga had acted illegally by revoking permission granted by his predecessor in December 2013 to carry out landfill work off the U.S. base at Camp Schwab, on the northeast coast of the prefecture.

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