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Incumbent prevails in Okinawa City mayoral race

  • April 23, 2018
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All Monday papers wrote that incumbent Mayor Kuwae, who was supported by the Abe administration, defeated a candidate backed by Okinawa Governor Onaga in Sunday’s mayoral election in Okinawa City, saying that this was the third consecutive setback for the governor in mayoral elections in the island prefecture this year. As its candidate scored a resounding victory in the latest “proxy war” with Onaga, the GOJ is reportedly increasingly confident that it will be able to unseat him in the gubernatorial election in the fall. 

 

In a related development, most Monday papers reported that Governor Onaga underwent surgery on Saturday to remove a tumor in his pancreas, adding that the prefectural government will make an announcement on his health condition and gubernatorial duties today.  

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