TOKYO (TR) – Protestors in Okinawa opposed to the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air station have blocked the delivery of an environmental impact assessment needed before construction on the new facility can begin, Japan’s Mainichi Daily News said.
As many 100 protestors determined to prevent the assessment from reaching its destination surrounded the Okinawa Prefectural Office in Naha and forced the delivery truck to turn back Tuesday, the Mainichi reported. The protestors began their blockade a day earlier and only let delivery trucks through after inspecting their cargo.
The central government urged by Washington was committed to delivering the statement by the end of the year, the Mainichi said. Tokyo and Washington want to move the Marine Corps Futenma Air Station from the town of Ginowan to an area in Okinawa that is less populated.
Many local Okinawans are opposed to the large U.S. military presence on the island, which houses about two-thirds of the 40,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan.
Source: Mainichi Daily News