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    US Military Base Building in Japan Threatens Dock Workers – Industry Association

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    The construction of a facility in the Japanese city of Nago for the replacement of a US military base currently located in the city of Ginowan, may force the Japanese dock workers into war, the secretary general of Japan’s National Council of Dockworkers Unions said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Masaya Tamada urged the trade unions across Japan to prevent the companies from supplying soil for the construction of the seawall off the coast of Nago as part of the project and prevent the dock workers from transporting this soil.

    "The dock workers must do their best not to allow being engaged in war. One should not forget that such danger threats primarily the Okinawa dock workers," Tamada said.

    Tamada also called the transportation of soil to Nago an "abusive practice."

    "In the long term, the construction of a military base can force us into the war. When the military actions begin, a port usually becomes a supply base from which arms and products are supplied to the frontline. Such a base can become a target for an attack. As a result, the dock workers who are not military personnel, will become the first victims of the attack. Such possible developments should provoke our concern today," Tamada explained.

    The seawall construction has been underway in Okinawa for three months. On July 24, the local authorities filed the fifth lawsuit against the Tokyo authorities aimed at halting the landfill project citing damage to fishing grounds caused by the crushing of rocks and offshore reefs. As part of the legal battle over the seawall construction, the Okinawa authorities believe the government should have requested their permission for the actions. The Japanese government, in turn, insists it must not ask for the approval from the local authorities for the project.

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