Hiroshima Governor Yuzan Fujita on Thursday appealed a court order to preserve Seto Inland Sea scenery, blocking a public works project, that inspired the creation of the animated film "Gake no ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff)."
On Oct 1, the Hiroshima District Court issued an injunction suspending a license filed for the launch of a reclamation and bridge-building project affecting the Tomonoura district in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture.
The governor appealed to the Hiroshima High Court saying the decision might affect other public works projects if public works are to be halted for the sake of a "vague" cause of scenery preservation.
The court ruling was the first in Japan to block a public works plan for the benefit of local residents seeking to preserve scenery.
A group of local residents had filed a lawsuit seeking such a ruling.
Academy Award-winning animated movie director Hayao Miyazaki's latest film "Gake no Ue no Ponyo" was inspired by the district.