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Anti-base candidate re-elected mayor of Okinawa city, according to poll projections

Victory for Susumu Inamine puts hopes of relocating US Futenma air base in doubt

Published on Jan 19, 2014 8:03 PM
Protesters shouting slogans during a rally against the relocation of a US military base in front of the Okinawa prefectural government office building in Naha on the Japanese southern island of Okinawa, in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 27, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

Anti-base candidate Susumu Inamine has been re-elected mayor of Nago city, in Okinawa prefecture in southern Japan, by a sizeable margin, according to the latest poll projections by the Japanese media.

Voting ended at 8 pm (Japan time) today and full results are not expected until later tonight.

But based on the results of pre-election and exit polls, the Japanese media have already reported that Mr Inamine has safely won re-election.

The closely watched election held today was fought over the proposed use of Nago's beach-fronted Henoko district to build a United States air base.

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