No clear winner on US base issues following Okinawa elections
CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — There was no clear winner as anti- and pro-U.S. military factions squared off in recent local elections on Okinawa.
Seats in the local assembly were up for grabs Sunday in 25 cities, towns and villages, including Nago, site of the proposed Marine Corps Air Station Futenma relocation facility. Voting there was largely seen as a referendum on the plan to build a runway into Oura Bay at Camp Schwab that would one day facilitate the closure of Futenma and the relocation of Marine air assets on the island.
Thirteen of Nago’s 26 seats were won by supporters of Mayor Taketoyo Toguchi, an independent backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party. The others went to opposition candidates.
“It means a lot that our administration kept the majority seats,” Toguchi told reporters Monday, according to Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper.
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