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Sakima, Tamaki confirm support from political parties, labor unions for Okinawa election

  • September 5, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that former Ginowan Mayor Sakima will be supported by the LDP, the Komeito party, and Nippon Ishin no Kai in the Sept. 30 Okinawa gubernatorial election. The Komeito’s Okinawa chapter has decided to endorse the LDP-backed candidate in the upcoming election even though it did not cooperate with the LDP in the previous gubernatorial race in 2014. Nippon Ishin no Kai backed its own candidate in the previous election, but it has decided to endorse Sakima this time. According to the paper, Sakima’s rival, Denny Tamaki, will likely gain support from a wide range of local political parties and groups that aim to keep working toward the late Governor Onaga’s goal of stopping the FRF construction at Henoko. According to Okinawa Times, most of the labor unions in Okinawa are expected to support Tamaki, while the Okinawa Garrison Forces Labor Union has decided to endorse Sakima as a “person who attaches importance to the U.S.-Japan alliance.” The group argues that the FRF construction at Henoko is not “the construction of a new base” but “the expansion of an existing facility” and that it supports the Henoko project as an effort to remove the danger of the Futenma Air Station.

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