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Third choice being considered for Okinawa referendum to encourage participation

  • January 23, 2019
  • , NHK, TBS
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NHK reported online on Wednesday evening that Okinawa Governor Tamaki and members of the ruling parties in the prefectural assembly decided during a meeting earlier in the day to consider revising the relevant ordinances to give voters the choice of voting for “neither,” in addition to “yes” or “no,” in the referendum on Henoko relocation set to take place on Feb. 24. This is said to be an attempt to encourage the participation of Ginowan and four other cities that have opted to boycott the referendum on the grounds that “yes” and “no” alone cannot accurately reflect the popular will. Assembly Chairman Shinzato will convene a meeting of ruling and opposition party representatives on Jan. 24 to coordinate on ordinance revisions. Mayor Shimoji of Miyakojima, one of the boycotting cities, was quoted as saying that “ideally, [the ordinances] should be passed by a unanimous vote in the prefectural assembly,” adding that he won’t be able to make a decision until he sees the voting results. TBS aired a similar report.

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