New Okinawa Governor Takes Office

New Okinawa governor takes office

Denny Tamaki has taken office as governor of Okinawa Prefecture after he campaigned to stop a plan to build a new US military base in the southern prefecture.

Tamaki won the vote on September 30th to choose the new governor following the death of Governor Takeshi Onaga in August.

He had promised voters that he will continue Onaga's efforts to stop the central government's plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the Henoko district of Nago City.

On Thursday, Tamaki was welcomed by prefectural workers and residents as he arrived at his office on his first day as governor wearing a black suit and an orange tie.

Tamaki told reporters he will carry out his work by carefully listening to the people of Okinawa. He said he wants to take a steady and realistic approach in everything.

He was then briefed by Deputy Governor Moritake Tomikawa, who had been filling in as governor, about the prefecture's budget status and its organizational structure.