New Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki on Wednesday vowed to fight against the transfer of a key U.S. airbase within the island prefecture, a day after the central government moved closer to resuming construction work — suspended in August — at the planned relocation site.

“I want to fulfill my pledge to halt the construction of the new military base and I will commit to it with all my heart,” said Tamaki, who won the Sept. 30 gubernatorial election following the death of his predecessor Takeshi Onaga, at a news conference in Tokyo.

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