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Henoko base work should halt after report of unstable seabed

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Another fact underscores afresh the government’s obdurate and unreasonable refusal to rethink its plan to build a new U.S. military base in the Henoko district in the city of Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, despite many arguments against the plan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has been forging ahead with reclamation work to build the new facility off the Henoko district to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, located in the crowded city of Ginowan, also in Okinawa.

However, the administration is turning a blind eye to inconvenient data and a deaf ear to strong local opposition.

Data has been revealed to show that the extremely soft ground under the seabed in parts of the reclamation area may be deeper than 70 meters, the maximum possible depth for work to shore up the ground, according to the government.

At a location in the eastern tip of the reclamation area where embankment work is to be conducted, a Defense Ministry contractor used the samples it had collected for a “physical test” to identify the type of underground soil also for checking the strength of the seabed. The contractor found that the........

© The Asahi Shimbun