Sankei reported that the LDP headquarters is frustrated that it has been unable to make much progress in finding a ruling party candidate for the Okinawa gubernatorial election to be held on Nov. 18. The paper noted that although Ginowan Mayor Sakima has emerged as a possible candidate, the municipal leader has yet to make up his mind about whether to run. The daily said the ruling party is impatient to field a candidate quickly since the election could be conducted earlier than scheduled in the event that Governor Onaga chooses to step down for health reasons before his term expires in December.
Yomiuri published a similar article, noting that the LDP intends to field Sakima as its candidate for Okinawa governor in order to proceed with FRF construction without delay. Although Governor Onaga’s supporters are reportedly stepping up their efforts to prepare for his reelection bid, the daily quoted a person close to the politician as saying: “It would be difficult for Mr. Onaga to run owing to his health condition.”