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Okinawa electing a ‘pro-base’ mayor shouldn’t be a surprise

Sunday’s election of a ‘pro-base’ mayor – Taketoyo Toguchi – in Nago City, Okinawa, surprised many observers, but it shouldn’t have. The only surprise was that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) successfully marshaled the widespread support for (or perhaps tolerance of) US military bases that has long existed on Okinawa. Press reports over the last […]