NAHA, Okinawa Pref. – Conservative independent Takeshi Onaga won Sunday’s Naha mayoral election in Okinawa Prefecture, ending 32 years of uninterrupted leftist and reformist rule, final returns showed Monday.
Onaga, 50, a former secretary general of the prefectural chapter of the Liberal Democratic Party, ran as an independent and collected 73,578 votes. His opponent, Michiko Horikawa, 59, a former head of the prefectural capital’s health and welfare department, received 66,362 votes.
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