Abe halts work on US base relocation on Okinawa, agrees to talk

(From AP)

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he has decided to temporarily suspend preliminary work on moving a U.S. Marine Corps base on Okinawa and talk about the contentious relocation plan.

 Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe

The government and opponents of the base relocation have been locked in a legal battle, where both sides have sued each other.

Abe said that his government is accepting a court proposal not to force the reclamation work over Okinawa’s objections. The court in February made the proposal as an interim step allowing talks. Details of the proposal were not made public.

Okinawa Gov Takeshi Onaga last year issued an order to suspend permission for the reclamation work. Then the central government sued to reverse the order, to which Okinawa counter-sued, seeking a court injunction. Read More

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