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Matsugawa ahead in Ginowan mayoral election with 30% undecided, Yomiuri poll

  • September 25, 2018
  • , Yomiuri , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

The Yomiuri Shimbun analyzed the situation of the Ginowan mayoral election based on its opinion poll and news-gathering activities. The election is set for Sept. 30, the same day as the Okinawa gubernatorial election. Former Deputy Ginowan Mayor Masanori Matsugawa (65), who is backed by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito, has a slight lead over Harumasa Nakanishi (57), who is backed by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), and the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Nakanishi is a former head of a union of Okinawa high school parent-teacher associations. Both candidates are independent newcomers.


Slightly less than 30% of voters did not indicate their voting preference.


The government and ruling parties are promoting the relocation of MCAS Futenma, which is currently located in a central part of the city, to the Henoko district of Nago City. Matsugawa, who is backed by the government and ruling parties, has secured the support of nearly 90% of LDP supporters. Nakanishi, who opposes the relocation, has about 90% of SDP backers and has also attracted CDPJ and JCP supporters.


About 40% of independents favor Nakanishi, while slightly over 20% prefer Matsugawa.


Some 59% of respondents said they “do not approve” of the government’s policy to relocate the air station to Henoko while 29% “approve.” A total of 74% said that they either “very much approve” or “somewhat approve” of the way former Governor Takeshi Onaga operated the prefectural government. Onaga (who died in August) was opposed to the relocation.


The poll was conducted on Sept. 23–24 on a computer-aided random digit dialing basis of voters in Ginowan City. Valid responses were received from 479 persons (out of 921 households found to have one or more eligible voters). The valid response rate was 52%.


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