Voting begins to pick new Okinawa governor; moving U.S. base is top issue

November 16, 2014 9:14 PM

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NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Voting started Sunday in Okinawa to pick a governor in an election that could determine the fate of the contentious relocation of a key U.S. military base.

The gubernatorial election is the first opportunity for the people of Okinawa, home to the bulk of U.S. military installations in Japan, to deliver a verdict on Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima’s decision last December to approve the start of landfill work in preparation for building a replacement facility in ...

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