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Fishermen in Kumamoto Prefecture on Thursday rejected a compensation offer from the government to build a dam that would affect their fishing areas, again delaying a project first proposed 35 years ago.

Although the Kuma River Fishermen’s Cooperative voted 802-620 in favor of taking the package offered by the Land, Infrastructure, and Transport Ministry at an emergency meeting here, the number of those who voted for it fell far short of the two-thirds majority necessary for approval.

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