Govt ordered not to open Isahaya gates

Jiji Press NAGASAKI (Jiji Press) — In the latest twist in a long-running legal battle over a state reclamation project, the Nagasaki District Court ordered the government on Monday not to open the gates of the Isahaya Bay dike in Nagasaki Prefecture.

Presiding Judge Takayuki Matsubasa accepted a petition from farmers operating in the reclaimed area for the gates to be kept closed due to concern over damage to their farmland from an influx of seawater.

The judgement contradicts a ruling issued in 2010 by the Fukuoka High Court that ordered the government to open the gates, based on a claim by fishermen that the fishing environment has deteriorated due to the state reclamation project.

The high court ruling was finalized in 2010 after then Prime Minister Naoto Kan decided to give up on an appeal to the Supreme Court.Speech

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