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Campaign for Okinawa assembly election to start tomorrow

  • May 28, 2020
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Asahi and Sankei reported that the official election campaign period for the Okinawa prefectural assembly will begin tomorrow, noting that attention will be focused on whether forces close to Governor Tamaki will be able to maintain a majority in the 48-member legislature in the vote that takes place on June 7. While the LDP is aiming to clinch a majority in cooperation with its junior partner Komeito party and conservative-minded independents, the prospects are reportedly dim since Komeito decided in April not to field two of its four potential candidates on account of the coronavirus outbreak. While the LDP and like-minded forces reportedly need to elect all their candidates to secure a majority, it appears to be increasingly difficult due in part to a plunge in public support for the Abe administration. Governor Tamaki is set to actively call for support for his candidates based on the assessment that retaining a majority will be indispensable in order to derail the plan to construct a Futenma replacement facility off Camp Schwab.

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