Tamaki Reiterates Opposition To Base Relocation


Tamaki reiterates opposition to base relocation

Denny Tamaki, who was chosen as the next governor of Okinawa in Sunday's election, has reiterated his opposition to the Japanese government's plan to move a US military base within the prefecture.

The former Lower House lawmaker was speaking to reporters on Monday morning.

The election was held to choose a successor to late governor Takeshi Onaga, who died in August.

Onaga had opposed the plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Ginowan City to the coastal district of Henoko in Nago City.

Tamaki said the wishes of the people of Okinawa to see Onaga's mission through led to his victory.
He said he will work to get the Japanese and US governments to close and return the site of the Futenma base as soon as possible.

The Okinawa prefectural government in August revoked a landfill permit for the new US base to block reclamation work by the central government.

The central government is expected to ask courts to nullify the revocation of the permit.

Tamaki expressed his intention to exchange views with the central government on the issue.