Opponent of U.S. Marine Base Wins Okinawa Vote in Blow to Abe

November 16, 2014 5:13 PM

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A politician who wants a U.S. Marine base moved out of Okinawa won election as governor of the southern Japanese island chain, public broadcaster NHK said.

Takeshi Onaga was set to win a sweeping victory after exit polls late yesterday indicated he had almost twice as many votes as Hirokazu Nakaima, incumbent and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s favored candidate.

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