Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Okinawa Gubernatorial? What Gubernatorial?

The Okinawa gubernatorial election was always going to be an uphill battle for the LDP favorite, pro-Henoko relocation incumbent Hirokazu Nakaima. Today, conservative anti-Henoko relocation candidate Takeshi Okinaga emerged the winner. My guess is that work will move forward on the relocation anyway, albeit against significant local resistance. But the rush to a snap election largely kept the story out of the national media, and that’s of more consequence for now.

Prime Minister Abe is one lucky man.

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