New Okinawa Governor - against Casinos

3 October 2018

The governor of Okinawa from southernmost prefecture of Japan, has once again become an ardent opponent of gambling.

Elections in connection with the death of the previous head of Okinawa took place last Sunday. Liberal Party member Danny Tamaki received 396,632 (or 55%) of 720,210 votes.

Like the last governor, Takeshi Onag, who died on August 8, his program focused on the strategy of dealing with integrated resorts.

The loser candidate, Juna Sakim, who was considered a supporter of the casino industry, was supported by the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party. He received 44% of the overall votes.

During his governorship, Onaga also opposed the redeployment of the US Marine Corps base in the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture.

It is worth noting that the main part of the US armed forces in Japan is based in Okinawa.

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