Zushi eyes suit over U.S. forces housing expansion

Kyodo

The municipal government of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, may file a lawsuit against the central government over a plan to build additional housing units for the U.S. military in a residential area covering parts of Zushi and Yokohama, Zushi officials said Saturday.

The officials said the city will soon ask the central government how it will deal with a plan to expand the U.S. military housing complex in the Ikego residential area.

If the central government fails to offer a convincing response by the end of May, the city will consider filing suit, the officials said.

Japan and the U.S. agreed on a plan last July to build 800 additional housing units in the Yokohama part of the Ikego residential area for the U.S. military in exchange for the U.S. returning four military sites in Yokohama to Japan.

But Zushi claims the government broke its promise to build no additional facilities in the area after constructing some 850 U.S. military housing units in the Zushi part of the Ikego area since 1993.

The new building plan “clearly contradicts the past explanation,” a Zushi official said.