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Okinawa ruling parties maintain majority 

  • June 8, 2020
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NHK reported this morning that Okinawa’s local ruling parties supporting Governor Tamaki maintained their majority in the prefectural assembly election on Sunday. Governor Tamaki reportedly pledged to continue aiming to block the GOJ’s plan to relocate MCAS Futenma to Henoko, Nago. According to the network, 68 candidates vied for the 48 seats up for grabs. Local parties backing the governor, including the Japanese Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party, won a majority of 25 seats, while the opposition LDP and other parties ended up with 23 seats. The network said, however, that since the ruling camp’s majority is slim, the jockeying for power among the ruling and opposition parties may intensify. Governor Tamaki reportedly told the press that he will steadfastly maintain his opposition to the Futenma relocation plan as it is one of his campaign promises. However, the network said a senior MOD official believes that the slim majority could affect how the Okinawa governor opposes the relocation plan to some extent. The network added that the central government maintains that the current relocation plan is the only viable solution and is set to continue implementing the Futenma relocation plan while working to gain local understanding. 

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