Japan's highest court is likely to rule against Okinawa Prefecture in a lawsuit over a landfill project that is needed for the relocation of a US base there.
The prospect emerged as the Supreme Court's First Petty Bench now says it will issue a ruling on March 26 without holding a hearing. Hearings are needed when the top court reverses lower court rulings.
Japan's Defense Ministry has begun the next stage of construction on a controversial US military facility in Okinawa. They're reclaiming land on a new 33-hectare plot. Workers have begun pouring sand and dirt into the sea off the coast of Nago City.
They've already been doing that on an adjacent site. The two areas account for about a quarter of the planned construction.
Japan's Defense Ministry has started building another coastal embankment in the Henoko district of Okinawa Prefecture to reclaim land for the relocation of a US military base.
The work is part of a plan to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the less populated Henoko area in Nago City.
Japan's Defense Ministry says it will partially change its reclamation plan for a US military air base in Okinawa Prefecture, citing the possibility the ground may be too soft.
Japan's government plans to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the Henoko district of Nago City within the prefecture.
Japan's central government is set to start landfill work in the Henoko district on the coast of Okinawa as the next step to relocate a US military base within the prefecture.
The government plans to bring sand and soil onto the site for the reclamation on Friday. It says preparations have been made, including repair of seawalls damaged by a typhoon.
Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has confirmed that vessels loaded with sand and soil have arrived at the construction site of a US military base in Okinawa Prefecture.
He told reporters on Friday that the ministry's Okinawa regional bureau let 5 vessels enter waters off US Camp Schwab earlier in the day, ahead of possible bad weather. He said the measure is intended to ensure that planned landfill work begins next Friday, as scheduled.