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Monday, September 13, 2010
Base opponents win majority in Nago election 名護市議選、基地反対の稲嶺市長を支える与党が圧勝
Diagram from Ryukyu Shimpo
Nago City Council Election on September 12 resulted in the candicates supporting Mayor Inamine's opposition against a new base gained 16 seats, winning the majority in the 27-seat council.
The election was not a referendum on the base issue, but it sends a message to the Japanese and the U.S. governments that their heavy-handed efforts to buy off Nago's "min-i (democratic voices)" are not working. They should stop trying to convince voters of Nago, and start listening to them.
See a related post on September 9.