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Petition to stop resort construction in Nara Park


Background

       In 2013, Governor Arai of Nara Prefecture announced plans for the construction of a monorail at Nara Park's scenic spot Mt. Wakakusa, and he is again announcing plans for construction of a resort in Nara Park. Nara Park is designated as a "Place of Scenic Beauty," and a "Preservation District for Historic Landscapes" based on Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties and Law for the Preservation of Ancient Capitals. In such a strictly regulated area, new construction should not even be possible, regardless of the type of building. In addition, Nara Park is designated as a "Scenic Site" by Nara City ordinance which means that commercial facilities are not permitted to do business in this area. Furthermore, when the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara were designated as a “UNESCO World Heritage Site,” areas around Nara Park were designated as buffer zones to separate Historic Monuments from Nara’s residential areas and protect their integrity. This raises the question that new construction could jeopardize the World Heritage Site designation. Nara prefecture purchased this land from the national government, incorporated it into Nara Park, and now intends to construct a resort. Based on regulations set out in the Parks Act, construction is only possible if the building is for park use. The prefecture is trying to build a resort even if that means it must bend various rules and laws.
       Even though there is a need for hotels in Nara due to a projected increase in inbound tourism for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, there is no need for the construction of a resort in Nara Park. It is contradiction to say they want to utilize this natural environment for tourism, because their actions to realize that goal will end up destroying the very same natural environment. When responding to questions from the Prefectural Assembly, the governor stated “There are only a few voices of opposition from the community,” ignoring those opposing construction and proceeding with construction plans.
Nara Park is a treasure of Japan and registered as a World Heritage Site making it a treasure of the world. In order to preserve this place for our children and grandchildren, and show that we are not merely a “few voices of opposition,” we humbly ask for your signature.

Petition
Call for the immediate suspension of resort construction on prefectural land in Takabatake-cho Nara City (designated as an official residential area).

Petitioners
Association for the Preservation of Nara Park, Takabatake-cho Residents Association of Volunteers
Isamu Tatsuno (Representative), Mikio Tanaka, Makoto Shiina, Baku Yumemakura, Tomosuke Noda, Ichie Watanabe, Reiko Amano, Shinji Kazama, Takahiro Oba, Hideaki Sato, Hikoichi Yayashiya, Shin Hayama, Yoshimasa Fujimori, Michie Omiya, Ikuko Ojiri, Yasuhiro Higaki, and Takeshi Hatano
 

 

Petitioners


Association for the Preservation of Nara Park, Takabatake-cho Residents Association of Volunteers

Isamu Tatsuno (Representative), Mikio Tanaka, Makoto Shiina, Baku Yumemakura, Tomosuke Noda, Ichie Watanabe, Reiko Amano, Shinji Kazama, Takahiro Oba, Hideaki Sato, Hikoichi Yayashiya, Katsuya Terada, Shin Hayama, Yoshimasa Fujimori, Michie Omiya, Ikuko Ojiri, Yasuhiro Higaki, and Takeshi Hatano

 
Isamu Tatsuno

Isamu Tatsuno

Makoto Shiina

Makoto Shiina

Baku Yumemakura

Baku Yumemakura

Tomosuke Noda

Tomosuke Noda

Ichie Watanabe

Ichie Watanabe

Reiko Amano

Reiko Amano

Shinji Kazama

Shinji Kazama

Hideaki Sato

Hideaki Sato

 

About the Petition Form


In Japan, a personally signed petition is still more forceful than an Internet-based signature. Therefore, please print out the English petition form (pdf file) and send it to us by postal mail.


Here are some instructions:
1. The petition consists of two pages which have to be submitted together. Please staple the 1st page with the petition text and the 2nd page with your signatures together.
2. When sending signatures, please mark the total number of signatures collected.
3. Some further notes:
- Signatures collected will ONLY be presented to Nara Prefecture and for no other purpose.
- You can write your name and address in your native language.
- Petitions from foreign citizens living outside Japan are valid as long as the petition is addressed to the Governor Shogo Arai of Nara Prefecture.
- There is no age limit. Signatures from children are also valid.

 

Address:

Association for the Preservation of Nara Park・Takabatake-cho Residents Association of Volunteers
Takabatake-cho 1201-1, Nara City, Nara Prefecture 630-8301, Japan

 

 

English petition form (in pdf) »

 

Online petition (Change.org) »

 

Contact Information


Association for the Preservation of Nara Park・Takabatake-cho Residents Association of Volunteers

Address: Takabatake-cho 1201-1, Nara City, Nara Prefecture 630-8301, Japan
Email:
narapark.mamoru@gmail.com


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