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Japan’s courts shut down public works

1 October, 2009

Courts in Japan have ruled against a reclamation project in Tomonoura, Fukuyama City (Hiroshima Prefecture). A group of residents brought the case to the courts that the city’s plans to reclaim land in the bay to build a highway would destroy the natural historic beauty of Tomonoura. The court upheld this claim, resulting in a landmark decision where a public works project has been barred by the courts in order to preserve natural scenic beauty and heritage.

The Tomonoura area, where a reclamation project was halted by the Hiroshima District Court, is pictured in this photograph taken from a Mainichi helicopter.

Tomonoura is where anime director Hayao Miyazaki drew inspiration for Studio Ghibli’s latest feature animation Ponyo.

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  1. ribbet permalink
    5 October, 2009 7:14 pm

    It certainly looks like a beautiful place to be preserved. Hiroshima would appreciate what destruction is! State governments in Australia haven’t really cared what the residents want.

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