New gov­er­nor re­jects US base

The Guardian Weekly - - International News -

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.

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