Okinawa Govt Issues Notice on Feb. 24 U.S. Base Vote

Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)--The Okinawa prefectural government on Thursday made public notice to hold a local referendum on Feb. 24 on the planned relocation of a U.S. base within the southernmost Japan prefecture.

Through the referendum, the so-called All Okinawa camp, including Governor Denny Tamaki, aims to block the plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan to the Henoko coastal district in Nago.

The vote "offers a very important opportunity for residents to show their own wishes directly," Tamaki told reporters at the prefectural government's office in Naha, Okinawa's capital. "I want voters to cast their precious ballots."

In the referendum, residents will be asked to vote for or against the central government's landfill work off Henoko needed for the base relocation, or a third option of neither choice.

The focus would be how many no votes will be cast and how the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will react to the results.

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