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 referendum on Feb. 24 on the planned relocation of a U.S. base within the southernmost Japan prefecture.

Through the prefectural 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."

He went out on the street to hand out leaflets about the referendum himself.

The three-choice referendum will ask residents to support or oppose the central government's landfill work off Henoko needed for the base relocation, or neither.

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