New Okinawa Gov. to Demand Tokyo Give Up Base Construction


Naha, Okinawa Pref.,/Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)--After trouncing a ruling coalition-backed candidate in Sunday's gubernatorial election in Okinawa Prefecture, Denny Tamaki will meet with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide later this month to demand that the central government scrap the ongoing project to relocate a key U.S. base within the southern Japan prefecture, informed sources said Monday.

Speaking to reporters in front of his home in the city of Okinawa the day after his election, Tamaki reiterated his aim of blocking the construction of a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station, now in Ginowan, in the Henoko coastal district of Nago, another city in Okinawa.

"I'd like to propose starting talks when I inform (the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) of my inauguration," he said.

Tamaki won the governor's race by pledging to inherit late Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga's opposition to the base construction off Henoko under a Japan-U.S. agreement.

Tamaki plans to request a meeting with the government side after Onaga's funeral on Oct. 9, people close to him said.

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