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Ruling Coalition-Backed Incumbent Wins Okinawa Mayor Race

Ruling Coalition-Backed Incumbent Wins Okinawa Mayor Race

   Okinawa, April 22 (Jiji Press)--Sachio Kuwae, incumbent mayor of the city of Okinawa, was reelected Sunday.
   Backed by the Liberal Democratic Party, the ruling party in the national politics, its coalition partner, Komeito, and conservative opposition Nippon Ishin no Kai, the 62-year-old incumbent defeated former Okinawa city assembly member Hiromi Moromisato, 56, supported by Takeshi Onaga, governor of Okinawa Prefecture, in the election.
   The Party of Hope, the Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party, the Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party also recommended Moromisato.
   Voter turnout came to 47.27 pct, a record low.
   The election was a "proxy war" between the ruling coalition and the Onaga camp, which opposes the national government's project to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps' Futenma air station in Ginowan to the Henoko coastal district of Nago, another city in the southernmost prefecture.

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