Anti-US base candidate wins Okinawa polls in blow to Abe's party

Denny Tamaki (centre) celebrating with supporters after winning the Okinawa gubernatorial election in the prefecture's capital, Naha, today. He has vowed to continue fighting against a joint US-Japanese project to move the US Marines' Futenma Air Station from an urban area in Okinawa to a sparsely populated region of the island. – EPA pic, September 30, 2018.

A CANDIDATE pledging to resist the construction of a new US military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa has won the election for governor of the strategic island, reported local media today.

Both national broadcaster NHK and the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said Denny Tamaki won today’s vote, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) backed a rival candidate.

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