According to 47 News, Hiroshima District Court ordered to suspend Hiroshima Prefecture's project to reclaim Tomonoura bay, which is the model place of Gake no Ue no Ponyo
. The chief judge said the scenery of Tomonoura is a public property and the reclaiming project greatly spoils the common welfare of the people. Hiroshima Prefecture and City was planning to reclaim the bay and build a 180 meter long bridge across it.
visited the bay in 2005 and stayed there for two months. Before the judgment was given, he said in an interview that " I have my own opinion about the issue but I don't want to claim it openly. It's up to the people living there. However, it's a mistaken idea that the reclaiming project can reclaim the loneliness caused by the depopulation and aging."
Miyazaki held a press conference at Studio Ghibli and praised the judgment. He said "It's quite a sensible judgment pointing out the fault in the project, which destroys the valuable cultural property. I express my respect for the judge's courage."