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Miyakojima mayor dismisses governor’s request to participate in Henoko referendum

  • January 10, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times ran a front-page report on Okinawa Governor Tamaki’s meeting with Miyakojima Mayor Shimoji on Wednesday at the mayor’s office. The governor reportedly asked the mayor to rethink his decision not to participate in the prefecture-wide referendum on the FRF construction at Henoko to be held on Feb. 24. However, the mayor told reporters afterward that he will not change his decision. The paper wrote that although the prefectural government is apparently trying to find ways to realize the vote in several municipalities that have decided not to perform administrative work for the plebiscite, Tamaki dismissed an early press report that the prefectural government may revise the relevant ordinance in order to be able to perform the administrative work in place of these municipalities. Ryukyu Shimpo ran a similar inside-page report saying that it is becoming increasingly difficult to have the vote take place in all municipalities in Okinawa following the mayor’s clear indication that he will not change his mind. 

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