Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Times ran extensive reports on the results of Sunday’s Lower House election in Okinawa, in which LDP candidates won in the No. 3 and No. 4 districts and candidates backed by the “All Okinawa” confederation of civic groups and companies opposing Futenma relocation secured seats in the No. 1 and No. 2 districts. Noting that this was the first time for All Okinawa to lose two of the four single-seat constituencies since 2014, Okinawa Times wrote that this will deal a blow to Governor Tamaki since he is backed by the group. The paper also wrote that the victory of Shimajiri Aiko, who supports relocating the Futenma functions to Henoko, in the Okinawa No. 3 district that includes Henoko may indicate a shift in local residents’ views on the Henoko project.
Nago Mayor Toguchi commented on Shimajiri’s victory by saying: “Henoko is not the only issue for the district. The current Law on Special Measures for the Promotion of Okinawa will expire at the end of this fiscal year in March 2022. Residents probably have high expectations for the LDP-led government’s continued support for Okinawa’s development.” Ginowan Mayor Matsugawa expressed a similar view by saying: “Futenma and U.S. bases were not the only issues discussed ahead of the election. The LDP candidate’s victory in the district might facilitate progress on Futenma’s relocation to Henoko because the election results show that not all residents are against the Henoko plan.”