Tamaki Declares Bid for Okinawa Governor


Naha, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese opposition lawmaker Denny Tamaki on Wednesday announced his candidacy for next month's gubernatorial race in Okinawa Prefecture.

Tamaki, 58, secretary-general of the Liberal Party, is expected to compete with former Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima, 54, in the Sept. 30 election.

Sakima, backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition ally, Komeito, has already declared his bid to be governor of the southern Japan prefecture.

The election will select the successor to the late Governor Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer on Aug. 8.

The focus in the election will be on the planned relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in the Okinawa city of Ginowan to the Henoko coastal area in Nago, another city in the prefecture.

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