Ginowan Mayor Declares Bid for Okinawa Governor

Politics

Ginowan, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--Atsushi Sakima, mayor of the Okinawa Prefecture city of Ginowan, on Tuesday announced his bid for the governorship of the southernmost Japan prefecture following the death of Governor Takeshi Onaga.

The announcement came one day after the prefectural election board decided to hold a vote on Sept. 30 to select Onaga's successor.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Okinawa chapter has already decided to field Sakima in the election.

The focus of the election is the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan to the Henoko coastal district in Nago, another Okinawa city.

Sakima has been calling for an early return of the Futenma site to remove the danger posed by the military base located in a densely populated area.

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