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Incumbent Nago mayor defeats anti-U.S. base transfer rival

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Following Kishimoto's defeat, Okinawa Gov. Tamaki told reporters that his government's position to oppose the base transfer "will not budge even by one millimeter.

It's true that Kishimoto's message that there should be no more military bases in Okinawa didn't reach voters.

As it was so in the previous mayoral election, the pro-transfer Toguchi camp evaded to touch on the relocation issue, instead concentrating their efforts to how Toguchi could revive a stalemated economic situation of Nago City. But where does the wherewithal come from?

If you walk through Nago's main street, you will notice there are many shuttered stores. Nago was the center of economic activities for northern Okinawa. People from neighboring villages thronged in Nago's main street for shopping. That hustle and bustle is the thing of the past now. Why? It's because of the structural change of economic activities. Mom and pa's small stores on the main street have been replaced by large shopping centers in the city's outskirts with lots of car space.

Toguchi promised the revival of the old shopping areas of the city, thus apparently garnering many votes from there.

No doubt, the central government will provide funds for Toguchi to realize his campaign promises to dispense fees for child care, education and school lunch. Voters must have jumped on these promises without paying attention to how Okinawa's future vis-a-vis U.S. bases must be addressed.

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Let the building continue!

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Relocate that base in US where it belongs..

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…Reversion to Japan

Okinawa was its own sovereign kingdom/nation. It was invaded by the imperial Japanese army just like Guam, the Philippines, Saipan and countless other small Pacific Island nations. There should not have been a “reversion”. It never belonged to Japan. If anything, the US should have supported it like Guam or it should have been returned to its original state like the Philippines.

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people of Nago have spoken, they welcome the base relocation, the relocation will continue with Nago peoples support. the end

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I guess people want the relocation to go ahead as they have voted for this LDP backed candidate. After a few years these same voters will complain about the relocation when crime such as rape will start occurring there…reap what you sow!

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Tochan357jp:

Okinawa was its own sovereign kingdom/nation. It was invaded by the imperial Japanese army just like Guam, the Philippines, Saipan and countless other small Pacific Island nations. There should not have been a “reversion”. It never belonged to Japan. If anything, the US should have supported it like Guam or it should have been returned to its original state like the Philippines.

Ask the people in Okinawa the same question.

In 2017, Okinawa Times, Asahi Shimbun (based in Osaka) and Ryukyusu Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (of the All-Nippon News Network), newspapers who are subsidiaries of those in Japan, jointly conducted prefectural public opinion surveys for voters in the prefecture. It claimed that 82% of Okinawa citizens chose "I'm glad that Okinawa has returned as a Japanese prefecture". (Wikipedia)

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Okinawa was its own sovereign kingdom/nation. It was invaded by the imperial Japanese army just like Guam, the Philippines, Saipan and countless other small Pacific Island nations. There should not have been a “reversion”. It never belonged to Japan. If anything, the US should have supported it like Guam or it should have been returned to its original state like the Philippines

It's a closed deal. Move on.

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"Okinawa was its own sovereign kingdom/nation. It was invaded by the imperial Japanese army just like Guam, the Philippines, Saipan and countless other small Pacific Island nations. There should not have been a “reversion”. It never belonged to Japan."

Answer:

Hawaii

Texas

California

I am gonna leave Alaska out (for now).

Howz dat?

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Toguchi, 60, has said he will "closely follow" developments between the central and Okinawa governments without clarifying his stance on whether he supports the base transfer.

The U.S. base issue, above all, the relocation one, wasn't a point at issue in this election despite the media fanfare. The Toguchi camp, backed by the LDP and its junior partner Komeito, apparently, had known that if it was at issue, they would be unable to win. So, they deliberately avoided making the relocation of Futenma to Henoko a point at issue in the election.

The voter turnout was very low, suggesting there was a significant portion of eligible voters who couldn't decide whose election promises were better for Okinawa..

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Tamaki adamant dislike for the US always seems personal. His unresolved issues with his father seems to always be in the background of his decisions and his public statements. Even his role as governor appears to be an attempt to have his Japanese identity recognized and accepted by the community especially by those who may have once bullied him. Besides reminding the public that the US military is bad, and he is not American by shouting about it in the news, what else has he done to improve the lives of the people in Okinawa who voted for him? I

If he wants the Okinawan people (not the seniors oyagis but younger generations) to turn their back to the US military and rally to his side then he needs to offer an alternative. The US military bases provide security but also much needed income into the area.

If he could find an alternative and sustainable way to revitalize the economy not dependent on military personnel, that we go a long way for his cause.

Many people do not vote because the politicians like Tamaki are just all talk for their own personal reasons and nothing changes. Also, what is the alternative? The public has little faith. Tamaki is in office, but what else has changed? His media coverage is to make sure the same people vote for him again in these low turnout elections.

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The base issue is no longer the top concern for those people

It's base issue fatigue. They're moving on to other, more pressing issues

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Okinawa was its own sovereign kingdom/nation. It was invaded by the imperial Japanese army just like Guam, the Philippines, Saipan and countless other small Pacific Island nations.

Their history is much more nuanced than that. The former Ryukyu Kingdom was a tributary state of China. The Chinese gave them ships but the catch was that China determined who the Ryukyu mariners could trade with, other tributary states of China. China kept the equivalent of a viceroy in Naha to oversee the kingdom and approve new kings. The Ryukyu King went behind China's back and began trading with Japan. Both the Japanese and the Ryukyu royalty had good reasons to keep this trade secret as it probably would have led to a war between China and Japan and would have reflected badly on the Ryukyu royalty. Japan did eventually annex the Ryukyu Islands as a prefecture of Japan after China's power and influence waned.

A little known part of history, Germany had extensive holdings among the Pacific islands including the Bismarck Archipelago, the northern half of what is now Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, the Marshall Islands, half of Samoa (the former British half after fomenting a revolution there) and several others. Japan was on the Allied side in WWII and was granted control of Germany's former island possession in the Pacific by the League of Nations. Spain ceded the Marianna Islands, the Carolines and the Palaus to Germany after losing the Spanish American War in return for payment. They became administrative districts of German New Guinea. Germany's loss in WWI resulted in all of these territories being transferred to Japanese control.

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Japan was on the Allied side in WWII

Heheh, Japan was on the Allied side in WW1, not WW2

(That's why I use numbers 1 or 2, instead of letters - it prevents ya from pressing "i" twice)

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Heheh, Japan was on the Allied side in WW1, not WW2

(That's why I use numbers 1 or 2, instead of letters - it prevents ya from pressing "i" twice)

D'oh ! Head slap. My bad. I see your point and will have to change my ways. Apologies for any confusion I caused. Japan was indeed on the Allied side on WW1.

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