The Okinawa Prefectural Government sent a request to the U.S. government in April, 2018, to have discussions with the Okinawa Prefectural Government and other stakeholders as required by the National Historic Preservation Act. The discussions would enable the U.S. government to give proper deliberation to the cultural significance of dugongs and the impact the plan has on them.
However, the construction work began without any discussions between the Department of Defense and the Okinawa Prefectural Government taking place. Also, a dead dugong was found in the waters of the northern part of the mainland of Okinawa. Therefore, we have sent a letter to three members of the U.S. government including the Secretary of Defense to request the U.S. government to retract the relocation plan to Henoko to protect the dugongs.
On July 17th, 2019,The Okinawa Prefectural Government published Concerns for Environmental Impacts of Seabed Improvement Work in Land Reclamation in Henoko.
Concerns for Environmental Impacts of Seabed Improvement Work in Land Reclamation in Henoko（PDF：434KB）
On August 31th, 2018,The Okinawa Prefectural Government Submitted Japanese government Notice of Revocation of Approval for Reclamation of Public Waters.
The Okinawa Prefectural Government organized a symposium on Henoko-Oura Bay on March 24th, 2018, with a view to raising awareness over the preciousness of Henoko-Oura Bay.
Following the keynote speech, experts from Japan and abroad, as well as those that have long carried out studies on the Oura Bay and/or engaged in its conservation efforts, contributed their expertise to the panel discussions.
Please find below the Summary Report, handouts as well as videos from the Symposium. Large diffusion is encouraged to protect the beautiful and precious sea area in Henoko-Oura Bay.
★The Summary Report★
★Videos from the Symposium★ (Below are the links to the external website.)
Remarks by the Governor Onaga (in Japanese)
Keynote speech by Mr. François Simard (in English)
Lecture by Mr. Masato Yoshida (in Japanese)
Presentation by Mr. Taro Hosokawa (in Japanese)
Presentation by Ms. Mariko Abe (in Japanese)
Panel discussion 1 (in Japanese)
Panel discussion 2 (in Japanese)
Panel discussion 3, Statement and Closing Remarks (in Japanese)
Okinawa Prefectural Government regards the Japan-U.S. alliance as vital. However, we have a concentration of 73.9% of the exclusive use facilities and areas of U.S. Forces in Japan in a land area that is no more than 0.6% of the national land area. Therefore, it is necessary to reduce and consolidate U.S. military bases in Okinawa.
With the realization of land returns of U.S. military bases south of Kadena Air Base, we can anticipate positive economic and employment impacts through effective land use.
Establish the prefecture as a hub of exchange by taking advantage of our geographical location, to bridge people, goods, and information between mainland Japan and other Asian nations. It is our desire to actively promote international contribution and do our part for peace and advancement of the Asia-Pacific region.
Most facilities for U.S. Forces are located in Okinawa Island; taking up to 18.4% of its land area. Land area of Okinawa Island is roughly 1/3 that of Rhode Island, which is the smallest state in the U.S.
Land Area of Okinawa Prefecture:
2,276.15 k㎡/ 878.73 mi²
Land Area of Okinawa Island:
1,207.99 k㎡ / 466.40 mi²
Land Area of facilities, exclusively used by the U.S. Forces:
228.18 k㎡ / 88.10 mi²
U.S.Military Bases and Facilities on Okinawa Island & Its Vicinity
U.S.Bases and Okinawa's Economy
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma
The Plan to Relocate MCAS Futenma to the Henoko District of Nago