Well it has been a long hard struggle (more than twenty years) but Hugh Paxton’s Blog is delighted to report that plans to dynamite a beautiful mountain in the Takao range overlooking Tokyo have finally been canned.
Got the following from local resident, Richard Evanoff
The Hachioji City government has decided to buy the land surrounding the shrine on Mt. Kompira! Details of the recent reports I’ve received follow:
1. First, I received a mailing from the Kompira Shrine Association. Here’s a brief summary: A meeting was held at the Asakawa Citizens Center on January
24 to discuss the issue and 74 people attended. Another hearing was held at the Tachikawa District Court on January 31. Once again, the company did not appear in person for the proceedings. The construction company is still trying to get compensation, while Kompira is arguing that the shrine has existed since the Edo Era and should, therefore, be protected. There were no details about the next steps that would be taken in the case, but.see the next item!
2. After receiving the above mailing, I received an e-mail from Yukiko, which included the following: “I just got news about Kompira-san. You may have found it already. (It was reported in Asahi Shimbun newspaper.) Hachioji City decided to buy the land at 500,000,000 (5-oku) yen which was the amount asked for by the Osaka development company. Kompira will be saved. But still I can’t help thinking we lost in a way. The company is going to get lots of profit (3.9-oku)!”
3. I’ve attached a .pdf file with the newspaper article from the Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). Yukiko says that another article may be appearing in the Yomiuri Shimbun, perhaps today (February 28).
Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent events, including the court case at the Tachikawa District Court, and who lent their support and concern.
The outcome could have been very different if there had not been an active group dedicated to saving Kompira!
Asahi Newspaper article.pdf