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Nago assembly split over Henoko project

  • September 10, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times gave top play to reports on the results of the assembly and mayoral elections held in 25 Okinawa municipalities, including Nago, on Sunday. Okinawa Times wrote that as a result of the election, the 26-member Nago assembly is now split evenly between those who support Mayor Toguchi, who has not clarified his official position on the FRF construction at Henoko, and those who oppose the project. On the other hand, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that while 13 of the candidates who won seats in the assembly are supportive of the mayor, who is effectively in favor of the Henoko project, 12 are opposed to the project and one takes a neutral position on the matter. The paper claimed, however, that those opposing the Henoko plan still maintain a majority of the assembly because two Komeito members, despite their support for the mayor, have expressed opposition to the Henoko plan.

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