Friday, November 22, 2013

Okinawans urged to toe LDP line - The Japan News

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba has begun negotiating with LDP Diet members from Okinawa Prefecture to obtain their support over the Futenma Air Station relocation issue, as part of the government’s efforts to consolidate local support to move forward the long-stalled relocation.

Ishiba met Tuesday with LDP members Konosuke Kokuba, Masahisa Miyazaki and Natsumi Higa at the Diet, and asked them to support the government’s policy of relocating the air station from Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago. Both cities are in the prefecture.

Ishiba’s move also reflects the government’s belief that obtaining the Diet members’ support will help prevent the conservative camp from splitting in January’s Nago mayoral election, in which two conservatives have announced their candidacies.

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