Okinawa Times ran an interview with Iha Yoichi, who secured his Upper House seat in the Sunday election with the support of the All-Okinawa Coalition opposing the construction of a “new base” at Henoko. Iha claimed that the election results reflect the Okinawa people’s will to stop the construction. He also said that although the GOJ may want to replace Governor Tamaki with someone who supports the Henoko plan to move forward with the construction, the opposition of the people of Okinawa will make it difficult for the central government to pursue that goal. Iha said he will urge the governments of the United States and Japan to give up on the Henoko project by conveying to them the will of the people of Okinawa, which will be expressed again in the gubernatorial election in September. However, in Tokyo, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno reiterated the GOJ’s position that Henoko is the only solution.