New governor of Okinawa against construction of more U.S. bases

A candidate pledging to resist the construction of a new U-S military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa has won the election for governor. Denny Tamaki is a former opposition lawmaker.

He campaigned vigorously against the plan to move the U-S Marines from an urban area to a sparsely-populated region of the island. Tamaki defeated his rival At-sushi Sakima who was supported by Japan’s ruling party.

The strategic island of Okinawa hosts the bulk of American military installations and troops in Japan. The island’s residents are fed-up with the military presence. Reports of crimes, including rape committed by U-S soldiers emerge every now and then.

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