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.