Japan's land minister has issued an injunction that will allow the resumption of work relating to the relocation of a US military base in Okinawa.
Keiichi Ishii told reporters on Tuesday that his ministry had temporarily suspended Okinawa Prefecture's revocation of a landfill permit for the relocation work.
The injunction was sought by the Defense Ministry based on the administrative complaint review act. The ministry can now resume work to reclaim land along Henoko in Nago City in order to build a new airfield.
The facility is designed to replace the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, located in a densely populated part of the prefecture.
Okinawa Prefecture revoked the landfill permit in August, honoring the wishes of former governor Takeshi Onaga who died earlier that month.