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Okinawa gov. voices resolve to block Futenma relocation

Jiji Press NAHA (Jiji Press) — New Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki reiterated on Thursday his determination to stop the planned relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture.

In an inaugural press conference at the prefectural office in Naha, Tamaki said he will “take over the wishes of the late Gov. Takeshi Onaga.”

Onaga, Tamaki’s predecessor, opposed the central government’s plan to build a replacement facility in the Henoko coastal district in Nago to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, located in Ginowan. Onaga died of cancer in August.

“I will dedicate all my strength into blocking the construction of a new military base [in Henoko],” Tamaki said.

Tamaki won a four-year term as governor of Okinawa in Sunday’s election, defeating another candidate supported by the ruling coalition.Speech

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