Apr. 1 (Mon): The Okinawa Prefectural Government Requests an Examination of Landfill Earth and Sand, No Move to Ship Earth and Sand from Shiokawa Pier

(In front of the Gate)
Three times a day from the morning through the afternoon, 258 truckloads in total were delivered today. Over 50 people rallied all day long.

(On the sea in Oura Bay)
Three boats and 8 canoes were out on the sea to protest; in the morning to block the carrier ships coming in to anchor at K9 seawall, in the afternoon to protest against construction of K8 seawall.
Five canoes tried to go over the floats towards the construction site, but were detained by the Coast Guard. The picture shows a tugboat pulling a fully loaded carrier ship with a rump way. The Coast Guard protected the ship to safely anchor at K9 seawall.


(In front of Ryukyu Cement Pier in Awa)
Because the permit to use Shiokawa Pier in Motobu Town was issued, several tens of protestors gathered to rally from 7:00am expecting that shipping from Shiokawa Pier begins. However, nothing happened. The protestors moved immediately to the Pier in Awa and rallied all day long.
Trucks delivered 574 loads of earth and sand. Two carrier ships left the Pier.


On March 29th, the Okinawa Prefectural Government requested the Okinawa Defense Bureau to clarify the type of earth and sand deposited for reclamation purpose and to allow the Prefectural Government to “visit the reclamation site to examine the type of earth and sand that are deposited”. The first time such request was made on January 24th, and this is the second time.
In the permit that the Okinawa Defense Bureau obtained in December of 2014, it was stipulated that “approximately 10 %” of the earth and sand used for reclamation may be “fine earth” to limit the environmental risks.
However, it has been found that the Defense Bureau has ordered “less than 40%”. For clarification, the Okinawa Prefectural Government notified the Defense Bureau to respond by April 11th.

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