Friday, November 1, 2013

Pro-base pair may split Nago mayoral poll vote | The Japan Times

The upcoming mayoral election in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, is posing a problem for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party because two conservative candidates who favor its policies in the prefecture want to run, which could split the vote.

If both decide to run against incumbent Susumu Inamine in the January election, both will likely fail, stalling yet again the central government’s effort to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma with a planned new air base in Nago farther north on Okinawa Island.

Inamine, 68, was elected in 2010 by demanding that the Futenma base be closed and no replacement be built in the prefecture. But the two candidates — former Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro, 67, and former Vice Mayor Bunshin Suematsu, 65, are believed to back the government’s Nago base plan.

A three-way race is thus likely to benefit Inamine by letting Shimabukuro, an independent, and Suematsu, an LDP member of the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly, split the conservative camp’s backing for the government’s plan.

In Nago’s elections, whether to accept the Futenma replacement base plan has always been the main issue.

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Comment: How do we really know if these guys are really pro-base or not! If someone of Junichiro Koizumi can switch gears and go anti-nuke after years of being pro-nuke, why can't these guys change their minds too. Follow the money on that one!

We also have to remember that politicians really don't give a crap about you or me! They're human beings just like us and as such they are only really interested in what's in it for them. This is beginning to sound like the old sleight of hand to get you looking one way why they pick your pockets with the other....

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