Abe government formally applied to the Okinawa prefectural government April 21
for an alteration in the construction plan of a new military base at Henoko
after soft seabed was discovered in the site, presenting a ‘a design change’
report. Does the central government prefer the US base to human lives in the critical
phase of the epidemic?
TAX MONEY TO COMBAT COVID-19 AND REVOKE BASE CONSTRUCTION!
had been already confirmed after boring tests by 2016 that the sea floor
extending in the Oura Bay area is soft and porous. The Ministry of Defense,
however, has kept the fact in secret to continue landfill works relentlessly.
The ministry is not entitled to request changes in the building plan. It was only
January 2019 for the central government to admit the existence of soft seabed, simultaneously,
telling it feasible to work on by reinforcing the ground. However the authority
did not indicate the estimated overall cost and construction period.
new project’ in real term
central government stated in the document that the construction term will be
another 12 years and the overall cost, 930 billion Yen, which is 2.7 times
bigger than the initial figure (the Okinawa local government estimates as 2.55
trillion Yen). The new plan represents a complete alteration of the reclamation
works, being equal to a fresh project. A separate environmental assessment needs
to be done.
massive amount of coastal sand is necessary to fill the porous ground. The original
plan specified that 70% of the necessary soil is brought from the western
regions of the country, but the new design sets forth to procure in Okinawa
both of soil and seashore sand. That means the seas and mountains in the
prefecture will be catastrophically damaged.
more idea is included: a landfill work will be done in advance up to a level of
seven meters below the sea surface before closing the protection walls
surrounding the outer periphery in order to curtail the construction period. Thus,
the sea in the entire Oura Bay will be contaminated.
activities spend 20% of money
are mounting. Active geological faults are found. Earthquake-proof jobs are inadequate
as employed are the standards set for medium-and-small facilities although the
facility is a military installation that uses dangerous substances. The
estimated duration of use by the two nations ‘is assumed to be 50 years’, which
is a norm designed for ordinary structures.
data hidden behind were detected in February concerning the spots surveyed in
the B27 zone. The locality is vital in terms of the caisson foundation jobs.
But the government still refuses another investigation. Twenty percent of the
overall cost is allocated to policing, which symbolizes abnormality of the jobs
for the new base at Henoko, which is under way against the will of people.
has passed 24 years since the bilateral agreement was reached to get the
Futenma Air Station back to Japan. Another 12 years will be necessary at the least
for the joint use by US and Japan. It is easy for everyone to see the plan, ‘Henoko
is the only and the ultimate solution’, bankrupted.
is to be done at the moment for the central government and the Ministry of
Defense is not to request alteration of the blueprint, but to report precisely
to the Okinawa’s prefectural authority and the Diet about the today’s situation
and withdraw the initiative to build a new base at Henoko.
Covid-19 pandemic tells us radically, exposing flaws in readiness to protect
people. Military budgets allocated to construction of a new base at Henoko, deployment
of the Aegis ashore systems and purchase of F35 fighter jets should be spent on
the measures to combat the epidemic and support people’s livelihood.