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Onaga acknowledges possibility of gauging public opinion about Futenma through election

  • February 28, 2017
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that during a question-and-answer session with Governor Onaga at the prefectural assembly on Monday, an LDP assembly member said that although some people think that holding a prefectural referendum might be an effective way to gauge the Okinawan people’s opinions on the FRF construction at Henoko, learning about public opinion through an election might be a better way to resolve the issue politically. The assembly member referred to the idea of the governor stepping down before his current term expires in December 2018 and running for governor again. Onaga responded by saying that he fully understands the need to take action. The paper interpreted this to mean that the governor acknowledged the possibility of gauging public opinion through an election.

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