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Kishida’s victory meets with mixed reactions in Okinawa

  • September 30, 2021
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on local reactions to former Foreign Minister Kishida’s election as LDP president, saying that while the new LDP leader gained in-depth knowledge of local affairs while serving in two cabinet posts related to Okinawa and has stated repeatedly that he is willing to listen to dissenting opinions, his administration probably will not heed Okinawa’s call for canceling the FRF construction project. Kishida was a staunch proponent of Futenma relocation as foreign minister under the Abe administration. The dailies emphasized that unless the incoming prime minister becomes flexible about reviewing the force realignment initiative, the dialogue that he has pledged to hold with Okinawa will go nowhere. “I want Mr. Kishida to make extra efforts to address and resolve issues associated with Okinawa’s economic development and U.S. military bases,” Governor Tamaki told the press. “I hope he will call off the relocation plan and hold dialogue with us.”

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