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Okinawa Times survey: Only two governors say USG and GOJ should respect referendum results

  • March 18, 2019
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Okinawa Times wrote that it conducted a survey this month of the governors of all 47 prefectures in Japan except Okinawa asking them for their views on the results of the Feb. 24 referendum, in which more than 70% of those who voted opposed the existing plan to relocate the MCAS Futenma functions to Henoko. The paper wrote that when asked whether the U.S. and Japanese governments should respect the results of the referendum, only the governors of Iwate and Shizuoka said they should. Seven governors said they were undecided and the remaining governors gave no response. Asked whether the GOJ should discontinue the ongoing relocation work, only the Iwate governor said that the GOJ should do so, while seven governors said they were undecided and the remaining governors gave no response. According to the paper, the governors of 19 prefectures chose not to respond by citing the view that issues related to national security should be handled by the central government.

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