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

Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Okinawa and Ishigaki city assemblies passed Friday supplementary budgets needed to hold a referendum on a planned U.S. military base relocation within Japan's southernmost prefecture.

With the moves, the referendum, asking Okinawa voters on whether the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in a congested area in Ginowan should be relocated to the Henoko coastal area in Nago, will be held across all 41 cities, towns and villages in the prefecture. Three other cities that had been against holding the vote have all decided that they will join.

In response to the approval, Okinawa Mayor Sachio Kuwae told reporters that he will instruct related parties to implement the budget immediately.

Ishigaki Mayor Yoshitaka Nakayama said that the budget will go into effect because the city assembly has reached a decision.

Meanwhile, Ginowan Mayor Masanori Matsugawa met with heads of Ginowan city assembly factions.

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