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Close contest anticipated in Okinawa election

  • September 24, 2018
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri , Kyodo
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Yomiuri, Kyodo, and Asahi published their predictions for the Okinawa gubernatorial election this coming Sunday based on their over-the-phone public opinion and field surveys. Yomiuri and Kyodo noted that former Liberal Party Diet member Tamaki and former Ginowan Mayor Sakima are competing neck and neck. Asahi, however, wrote that Tamaki is slightly ahead of Sakima, who is backed by the Abe administration. Support for Tamaki appears to be relatively strong among independents and female and elderly voters. All three outlets found that U.S. base issues including Futenma relocation appear to be the top issue on voters’ minds in choosing the next Okinawa leader. Three out of five respondents expressed opposition to the Henoko relocation plan in the Yomiuri and Kyodo surveys. 

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