Incumbent Tamaki Wins Okinawa Governor Poll

Politics

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Incumbent Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki, who opposes the Japanese government's ongoing project to relocate a key U.S. base within the southern Japan prefecture, won Sunday's Okinawa gubernatorial election.

Tamaki's re-election means the continuation of a conflict between the Okinawa prefectural government and the Japanese government over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air base in the city of Ginowan, Okinawa, to the Henoko coastal district of Nago, another Okinawa city.

Tamaki will likely seek to resolve the issue through dialogue with the national government while continuing the prefecture's legal battle with the state.

Meanwhile, Tamaki is poised to focus his efforts on shoring up the prefecture's economy, which has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The construction of a new base in Henoko was certainly a big issue (in the election)," Tamaki told reporters on Sunday night. "The result suggests that the thoughts of people in the prefecture (about the base relocation issue) haven't changed even a millimeter," he stressed.

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