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Okinawa gubernatorial election likely to be close contest

  • September 17, 2018
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
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Monday’s Ryukyu Shimpo led with a report on its poll taken over the weekend in Okinawa on local public opinion regarding the Sept. 30 gubernatorial election, noting that combined with a field survey conducted by beat reporters, the results showed that the two main candidates – former Ginowan Mayor Sakima and former Liberal Party Diet member Tamaki – are competing neck and neck. Asked what factor is most important in deciding their favorite, 42% of respondents chose base issues, followed by the local economy, social welfare, and education. Sakima, who is backed by the Abe administration and the ruling coalition, garnered support from voters in their 20s and 30s in the southern part of the island prefecture, while approval of Tamaki was relatively strong among older people in the major cities of Naha and Okinawa. The daily projected that the two candidates will remain in a dead heat until the very end.  

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