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Fallen window incident may affect Nago mayoral election

  • December 17, 2017
  • , Nikkei, Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei wrote that the recent incident in which a window fell from a Futenma-based CH-53E helicopter onto a local elementary school playground may affect the Nago mayoral election to be held on Feb. 4 because Futenma relocation will likely become a major issue in the race. The paper wrote that calls for the withdrawal of the U.S. military will likely grow because the Ryukyu Shimpo, Okinawa Times, and other local media outlets will probably carry out an “anti-U.S. military campaign” ahead of the election. Mainichi wrote that the GOJ is becoming increasingly concerned about the possible impact of the incident on the election based on the view that the results of the election are likely to affect Futenma relocation. Nikkei ran a similar report.

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