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Ginowan Mayor Sakima eyed as possible candidate for next Okinawa governor

  • June 19, 2018
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that it has learned from several members of a committee of the LDP Okinawa chapter discussing the selection of their candidate for the Okinawa gubernatorial election to be held in the fall that Ginowan Mayor Sakima has emerged as their prime candidate. The paper wrote that if Sakima runs in the gubernatorial race, an election to select his successor as Ginowan mayor would be held and Deputy Mayor Matsukawa is regarded as a strong candidate for that post. According to the paper, senior members of the LDP headquarters and the Abe administration approve of Sakima as a candidate and are strongly supporting the idea. The paper added that although Sakima has expressed reservations about running, he may agree to do so if his supporters agree with the idea.

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