Hirokazu Nakaima, a ruling coalition-backed former vice governor and chairman of a power utility, was elected Sunday governor of Okinawa in a campaign closely watched for its impact on the proposed realignment of U.S. military bases in Japan.

By electing Nakaima, 67, over his opposition-backed opponent Keiko Itokazu, Okinawa voters appear to have chosen promises of future economic prosperity over current concerns about the U.S. military bases in the prefecture.

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