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Backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling coalition, Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima won re-election Sunday night, defeating his opponent in what was seen as a proxy battle between Abe and supporters of a controversial base relocation plan and opponents of the plan, including Okinawa’s governor.

Sakima’s opponent was Keiichiro Shimura, a 63-year-old former prefectural official who had the support of Gov. Takeshi Onaga and the opposition parties.

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