Okinawa elects leader determined to halt new US Marine air base

November 17, 2014 3:03 PM

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Okinawa elects leader determined to halt new US Marine air base

Takashi Onaga backs moving the US military entirely off Okinawa. He would scrap a deal already forged between Japan and the US to shift Futenma air base to a new location, but Prime Minister Abe has the ultimate say. 

Tokyo — Preliminary work on a controversial new US Marine Corps base on the strategically important Japanese island of Okinawa took a blow Sunday when voters there elected a new governor who is fiercely opposed to the base.

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