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Okinawa Gov. Onaga says he will adhere to top court ruling on Henoko landfill work

NAHA -- Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga has indicated that he will retract his revocation of permission given by his predecessor to the central government to do reclamation work in Henoko, in the prefectural city of Nago, as early as Dec. 26.

This came in response to a Supreme Court ruling on Dec. 20 that sided with the central government in its dispute with the Okinawa Prefectural Government over the construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko.

The governor told reporters on Dec. 22 he would promptly adhere to the ruling. "I have decided in my heart (to do this)," he said.

The central government is set to resume construction in Henoko after the governor retracts his revocation. But because Onaga is also poised to take further action to resist construction, the dispute is expected to continue.

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