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Ginowan mayor announces plan to skip referendum on Henoko project

  • December 26, 2018
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All national dailies reported on Wednesday that Ginowan Mayor Matsukawa announced on Tuesday that his municipality will not perform administrative work for holding the prefecture-wide referendum slated for Feb.24 on the relocation of the Futenma functions to Henoko following the city assembly’s rejection of a supplementary budget for conducting the vote. Ginowan is the second municipality to announce the rejection of the administrative work following the city of Miyakojima. Yomiuri speculated that the rejection of Ginowan, which hosts the Futenma Air Station, may cast doubt on the legitimacy of the vote. Sankei quoted Mayor Matsukawa as telling reporters on Tuesday that the referendum fails to cite the need to remove the danger at the Futenma base and that the results of the vote may lead to the base’s remaining in its present location permanently.

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