New governor rejects US base
Plans to relocate a major US military base in Okinawa suffered a setback on Sunday after Denny Tamaki, who has vowed to block the move, was elected the island’s governor.
Tamaki, whose father was a US marine, won on an anti-base platform and vowed to fight plans to move Futenma, a US marine base located in a built-up area, to a sparsely populated site on the island’s north-east coast. He like most Okinawans wants the base to be moved off the island altogether.
He defeated a candidate backed by the ruling coalition led by prime minister Shinzo Abe, whose government has been locked in a long battle against local residents over the future of Futenma.