The prefectural government of Okinawa has revoked a landfill permit for a new US Marine Corps base in a coastal area of Nago City.
The move is aimed at blocking the reclamation work by the central government.
The land is being reclaimed to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less-populated Henoko district.
The prefectural government notified the Defense Ministry's regional bureau of the revocation on Friday afternoon. The prefecture said it decided to go ahead with the revocation of the permit to respect the wishes of former Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer on August 8th.
The prefecture's 2 vice governors will hold a news conference to explain the decision later in the day.
The prefectural government had planned to revoke the permit before the scheduled starting date of August 17th for placing soil and sand inside the seawalls at the site.
But the move was delayed following Onaga's death and the central government's postponement of the landfill work.
The central government apparently wants to resume the reclamation work soon after the Okinawa gubernatorial election on September 30th. It is expected to ask courts to nullify the prefecture's revocation of the permit.