Japan court to rule on construction of GSDF camp to accommodate Osprey aircraft

A court in western Japan is set to rule Thursday on an attempt to block construction of a Ground Self-Defense Force facility for Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in western Japan.

A group, including a fisherman based in Saga Prefecture, are behind an injunction arguing that the government does not own the land. The four plaintiffs say the fishing cooperative that sold the parcel did so without the permission of some members.

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to transfer 17 Ospreys deployed temporarily at Camp Kisarazu near Tokyo to Saga Airport in western Japan. It began work last June to build a new facility for the aircraft adjacent to the airport.

The plaintiffs also say they are concerned about safety because Ospreys are prone to accidents.

The government is seeking dismissal of the injunction and has said ownership of the land was acquired in a valid manner.

The ministry aims to open the new camp next year. An injunction would be effective immediately and could delay that plan.