US airbase move in spotlight as Okinawa vote begins

January 19, 2014 7:28 AM

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US airbase move in spotlight as Okinawa vote begins

TOKYO, Japan – Voting began Sunday, January 19, in a mayoral election on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa which is being closely watched as a local verdict on the long-stalled and controversial relocation of a US military base.

The race to elect the mayor of Nago City – where the US Marines' Futenma Air Station is set to be relocated – pits incumbent and anti-base Susumu Inamine against Bunshin Suematsu, who supports the move.

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