Japan election weighs controversy of US bases on Okinawa
Voters were deciding between four candidates Sunday, with it expected to be a close race between two: an outspoken critic of the bases and a ruling party-backed candidate pushing the status quo.
The winner succeeds Takeshi Onaga, who died in August of pancreatic cancer. He wanted the bases off Okinawa.
Denny Tamaki, a legislator, is pledging to continue with Onaga’s “spirit.”
Atsushi Sakima, a mayor, wants to work with the national government to sort out the problem.
Under a treaty, the U.S. maintains forces in Japan, two thirds on Okinawa. The arrangement has long been protested by some as an unfair burden on Okinawa.