The fate of Bullfrog Pond now rests in the hands of a Tokyo District Court judge, but the wheels of justice turn slowly in Japan. The court has yet to grant a crucial injunction, and hearings have dragged into their third month. Meantime, the pond in Tokyo’s Minato Ward, known as Gama-ike, is being destroyed.

Several groups of residents living around Gama-ike have filed for injunctions, requesting that the court stop Sunwood Corp., a subsidiary of Mori Building Corp., from erecting a six-story apartment complex on land adjoining the pond. The construction requires sinking structural supports deep into the pond’s fragile clay substrata and filling in much of the pond. Sunwood began digging at the end of July (see June 14 column).

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