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All Okinawa political movement reaches a crossroads

It has actually been 2 years considering that previous Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga passed away on Aug. 8, 2018. His follower, Gov. Denny Tamaki, has actually made resistance to the building and construction of a brand-new armed forces base in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, the column of his plans, and also has actually proceeded with the All Okinawa political assistance base he acquired from Onaga.

But in the June prefectural setting up political election, the judgment celebrations that sustain the guv’s plans had their variety of seats decreased, winding up with virtually the very same variety of mixed seats as the resistance Liberal Democratic Party and also Komeito in addition to smaller sized celebrations that have actually embraced a neutral position towards the guv.

The All Okinawa team is additionally having troubles fielding a prospect for Okinawa’s No. 4 area in the following Lower House political election, and also encounters a hill of troubles.

With 2 years to head to the following gubernatorial political election, the All Okinawa union encounters a defining moment.

“If this goes on, Tamaki will be criticized for not taking leadership,” a elderly participant of the ruling event claimed after the June prefectural setting up sessions finished.

While the ruling event shed one seat in the political election, the resistance and also neutral celebrations camp increased their total amount by 3 seats. The result was a total amount of 25 setting up seats for the judgment camp and also 23 seats for resistance and also neutral celebrations. In enhancement to the prefectural setting up chair and also vice chair, the head and also 3 of the 4 long-term boards were assigned to LDP participants.

“We got the All Okinawa movement by the neck,” claimed an LDP resource. The event is aiming to reclaim the helm in the following gubernatorial political election in 2 years’ time.

Under Onaga, a traditional political leader, traditionalists, radicals and also some participants of the neighborhood organisation neighborhood all rallied under one plan — opposing the structure of a brand-new armed forces base off Henoko — to develop the All Okinawa movement.

It was a development political movement, the very first in prefectural political background, and also All Okinawa ended up being a significant power in Okinawa national politics.

After the 2014 guv’s political election, the All Okinawa movement’s prospects liquid chalked up 12 triumphes and also just one loss in gubernatorial and also nationwide political elections, getting frustrating assistance.

However, the All Okinawa movement is currently on unstable ground.

For the prefectural setting up political elections, the judgment celebrations can not support a unified prospect in Kunigami (on the north component of the major island), Shimajiri and also the Nanjo city areas, causing the loss of a six-term political heavyweight.

In Kunigami, there’s an undesirable aftertaste complying with the political election.

“If a battle-hardened veteran like Onaga (were at the top), he would have made it work,” claims a ruling event participant that revealed frustration with Tamaki’s management.

For the following Lower House political election, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan wishes to field its very first prospect in the Okinawa No. 4 constituency. But up until now, settlements in between celebrations has actually stopped working to thrive. In Okinawa’s No. 2 selecting area, Social Democratic Party participants have actually been contesting that will certainly be successful retiring incumbent Kantoku Teruya.

Kunio Arakaki, mayor of Kitanakagusuku town, had actually been touched to take control of. But the LDP, seeing that some SDP participants were out board keeping that choice, is additionally wishing to field its very own prospect to get a seat.

If Arakaki sheds, Teruya’s advocates will certainly have stopped working to secure a seat he has actually held for 17 years, which would certainly create massive damages to the All Okinawa movement.

After Onaga’s fatality, the head of significant resort chain team Kariyushi Co. introduced they were leaving the movement, and also there is currently rubbing and also harshness within the All Okinawa company.

Can the team, which collected around the viewpoint of opposing the building and construction of a brand-new armed forces base and also asked for taking out the implementation of the MV-22 Osprey tilt blades airplane, be kept? Tamaki’s management is currently being examined.

This area includes subjects and also concerns from Okinawa covered by The Okinawa Times, a significant paper in the prefecture. The initial short article was released Aug. 8.