下水道のない場所で排水を地下浸透させる石垣島白保リゾートホテル建設を止めたい!Protect the corals, stop the hotel!

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Please help us prevent the construction of a hotel without an appropriate wastewater treatment facility on the shore directly facing the largest colony of blue corals in the northern hemisphere!

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1 世界的財産アオサンゴ群集が危機!サンゴが広がる海のそばに建設

 2 ウミガメの産卵地‼ 絶滅危惧種であるウミガメはとても敏感

3 過剰な観光利用の危険性!

4 どこまで責任を持てるの?事業者の信用性は?

5 白保村が守り続けた57ヵ所の「公民館指定文化財」を守りたい




Plans for the construction of a four-story hotel expecting 100,000 visitors a year are underway in Shiraho, a small village of approx. 1,600 residents on Ishigaki Island, Japan.

The developers first presented their plans to the Shiraho Community Council, the administrative organization of the community, in June 2016. At the time, they claimed that they would gain the understanding of local residents before proceeding with their plan. City regulations also require such developments to gain the approval of the Community Council. However, the developers have since submitted their application to the City government without the consent of the Community Council. As of November 2017, their development plan has been reviewed by the Ishigaki City government and is currently awaiting approval by Okinawa prefecture.

The construction site has no public sewage system. According to the development plan, wastewater would be treated through a septic system, but would release contaminated water into the soil. The site faces the home of the largest colony of blue corals in the northern hemisphere, and the expected environmental impact is reason for concern not only to us in the local community, but to scientists as well. Sea turtles coming ashore to lay eggs, and seaweeds essential to local cuisine (e.g. aasa), are also at risk. Of further concern is the anticipated loss of the essence of Shiraho - what makes the region and the community what it is - with the dramatic influx of tourists.

Five reasons why this resort should not be built in Shiraho

1. The largest colony of blue corals in the northern hemisphere is at stake!
The construction site lies directly before an ocean rich in marine wildlife, not to mention the world-famous coral reef. Discharge from the hotel’s wastewater treatment system would not even be at 1/100 of the water quality that healthy corals are known to survive in.

2. Nesting grounds of endangered sea turtles!
Each year, endangered sea turtles have been laying their eggs on the shores of Shiraho. Sea turtles are extremely sensitive and would suffer from this development.

3. Excessive tourism
Shiraho is a traditional community that has retained its historic townscape and rustic lifestyle. Over years, we have maintained a careful balance between tourism and our daily livelihoods. Excessive tourism may likely irreversibly tip this deliberate balance.

4. Can they really take responsibility? Can we trust them?
Can we trust developers who press their plans without the consent of local residents? If they eventually sell the hotel, there is no assurance that any environmental provision or promises to the residents will be kept. The same developers built a solar panel farm in an adjacent land in 2014, and sold it in 2017. They can move on, but we are stuck with whatever damage they do to our land, ocean and community.

5. Our 57 cultural heritages
The history, culture, and natural environment of the village have been protected by the community as the 57 ‘Shiraho Community Council-Designated Cultural Heritages’. The construction site is also a part of these assets that have been protected and inherited across generations.

Application for the development is currently under review by Okinawa prefecture.
The many flaws in the developer’s environmental preservation measures, despite initial claims that they would promote environmental conservation, confirm our concerns and we stand firm in our stance against this development.
We wish to protect the rich environment of Shiraho for future generations.
Please support us in our appeal for Okinawa prefecture to deny permission for development, and for the developers to repeal their development application and cancel their construction plans.

Liasion Council for the Shiraho Resort Hotel Issue

This petition will be delivered to:
Takeshi Onaga, Okinawa Prefecture Governor
Yasunobu Shikina, Nikken Housing Co., Ltd President


白保リゾートホテル 問題連絡協議会さんは「沖縄県知事:翁長雄志: 下水道のない場所で排水を地下浸透させる石垣島白保リゾートホテル建設に反対!Protect our precious coral reef! Stop the construction of a shoreline resort without appropriate wastewater treatment in Shiraho, Japan.」キャンペーンにあなたの手伝いも必要としています!問題連絡協議会さんと9,528人の賛同者と一緒うに賛同しましょう。