Okinawa Likely to Hold U.S. Base Vote across Prefecture


Naha, Okinawa Pref., Jan. 25 (Jiji Press)--The Okinawa prefectural government is likely to hold a referendum on a U.S. military base issue across the prefecture following a deal between ruling and opposition assembly members.

The assembly's ruling camp, including the Social Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party, on Thursday agreed with the opposition including the Liberal Democratic Party to add a third choice to the two-choice referendum slated for Feb. 24.

The assembly of the southernmost prefecture is seen approving a required ordinance amendment by a unanimous vote at a plenary session Tuesday.

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki welcomed the deal. "Everyone worked very hard," he told reporters Friday.

The referendum will ask Okinawa voters about 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, also Okinawa.

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