NHK: Conservationists oppose latest base proposal
A May 13 report, "Conservationists oppose base relocation plan," from NHK:
A conservation group says it opposes the Japanese government's plan to build an offshore elevated platform for relocating a US air base in Okinawa Prefecture. It says it would have a serious impact on the environment.
The World Wide Fund for Nature Japan released a statement saying that constructing a runway on pilings in shallow waters in Okinawa will seriously affect seaweed beds and coral reefs.
The WWF also says it will endanger dugong, a rare marine mammal, which feed on seaweed.
Referring to another plan to partially transfer some US base functions to Tokunoshima Island in neighboring Kagoshima Prefecture, the group says the effect on coral reefs and migratory birds will be inevitable.
It says it is concerned that constructing a new facility will put species inherent to the Okinawa area at risk of extinction.