4 File Candidacies for Okinawa Governorship

Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)--Four people filed Thursday their candidacies for the Sept. 30 gubernatorial election in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa.

One of the biggest issues in the election is the Japanese government's plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma base in the Okinawa city of Ginowan to the Henoko coastal area in Nago, another Okinawa city.

The election will select the successor of the late Governor Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer on Aug. 8. Onaga, a staunch opponent of the relocation plan, had vowed to block the construction of any new military base in the prefecture.

The election is effectively a one-on-one battle between former Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima, 54, and former House of Representatives lawmaker Denny Tamaki, 58.

Sakima is backed by the ruling camp, which is seeking to push ahead with the government's Futenma base transfer plan.

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