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Ruling parties shocked by Naha mayor’s decision not to run for reelection

  • May 2, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported on the finding that incumbent Naha Mayor Shiroma Mikiko, 71, has decided not to run in the mayoral election in November, saying that the decision has sent shockwaves through the CDPJ, JCP, and other ruling parties in the Naha City Assembly that support the mayor. Ryukyu Shimpo said the decision came as a surprise to the “All Okinawa” forces who were hoping Shiroma would serve a third term, forcing them to swiftly select a new candidate. Meanwhile, the paper wrote that the LDP views the retirement of Shiroma, who had clinched overwhelming victories in the past two elections, as a “tailwind.”




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