LDP dangles cash in Nago poll

National / Politics Jan 18, 2014

LDP dangles cash in Nago poll

by Eric Johnston

In a last-ditch attempt to win votes for the pro-base candidate in Sunday's Nago mayoral election, Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba has promised voters Tokyo will set up a ¥50 billion fund to be used to revitalize the local economy. Ishiba made the announcement ...

Nago race now down to just two candidates

National / Politics Dec 26, 2013

Nago race now down to just two candidates

by Eric Johnston

January's Nago mayoral election is now a two-man race after ex-Mayor Yoshikazu Shimabukuro ended his bid and threw his support behind Bunshin Suematsu, a Liberal Democratic Party prefectural assembly member heavily backed by Tokyo. A pro-base candidate, Suematsu is being challenged by current Mayor Susumu ...

Nago mayor starts policy speech with antibase stand

National Mar 5, 2013

Nago mayor starts policy speech with antibase stand

The mayor of Nago, the proposed Okinawa site of an airbase to replace U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, reiterated his resolve Monday to block the project. Susumu Inamine said this in his fiscal 2013 policy speech before the city's assembly, "I pledge to remain ...