Ruling Bloc-Backed Okinawa Gov. Candidate Not to Raise Base Issue

Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--In his campaign platform released on Monday for the Sept. 30 gubernatorial election in Okinawa Prefecture, former Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima avoided clarifying his position on the controversial issue of relocating a key U.S. base within the southernmost Japan prefecture.

Sakima will run in the governor poll, with support from the Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition, which is going ahead with the construction of a replacement facility for the Marine Corps' Futenma air station, now located in Ginowan, in the Henoko coastal district of Nago.

In the platform, he only expressed his eagerness to realize the early return of the Ginowan site.

Meanwhile, Denny Tamaki, a House of Representatives lawmaker from Okinawa, announced his bid for the governorship last week, after calls from opponents of the Futenma base relocation within Okinawa.

At a press conference on Monday, Sakima repeated his argument that the prefecture under Governor Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer last month, has remained at odds with the central government.

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