Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times highlighted a comment by Governor Tamaki on Tuesday regarding the results of Sunday’s mayoral election in Urasoe in which the incumbent, a proponent of the planned transfer of the functions of Naha Military Port to a local harbor, prevailed over the candidate that the governor had supported even though he has embraced the force realignment initiative. “I view Mayor Matsumoto’s victory as reflecting the local people’s wish to promote the relocation project,” the governor was quoted as telling the press. He added that discussions will continue between the central and prefectural governments, as well as the municipal governments of Urasoe and Naha, to draw up a concrete blueprint for the envisaged facility.
The dailies also took up the Suga administration’s reaction to the outcome, quoting Chief Cabinet Secretary Kato as saying yesterday: “We will move forward with the initiative in coordination with the reelected mayor…. We hope the local authorities will accelerate their examination of the outline of the transfer plan.”