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Candidate backed by Governor Onaga wins Nanjo mayoral election in Okinawa

  • January 22, 2018
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Monday’s Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei reported that Chobin Zukeran, a former Lower House member supported by Governor Onaga, won the mayoral election held on Sunday in the city of Nanjo, Okinawa, by defeating the incumbent mayor backed by the LDP, the Komeito party, and Nippon Ishin by 65 votes. This is the first time for a candidate supported by Onaga to win a mayoral race since he took office in December 2014. Asahi and Mainichi wrote that the defeat of the LDP-backed candidate may affect the upcoming mayoral election in Nago on Feb. 4 and the gubernatorial election in the fall. Mainichi wrote that U.S. military bases were not an issue during the election campaign because there are no bases in Nanjo. 

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