Gov. Nakaima’s sets policies for gubernatorial election

Incumbent Okinawa Governor HIrokazu Nakaima held a press meeting at a hotel in Naha, Saturday, to explain his platform in the upcoming Nov. 16 gubernatorial election, in which he seeks his third term in the office.

Explaining his reasoning regarding the issue of relocating the MCAS Futenma, Nakaima stressed the necessity of  “the earliest possible elimination of risks and return of the U.S. military bases.” He emphasized the need to reduce the risks inherent of the bases, and insisted on stopping the operations at MCAS Futenma in five years.

Nakaima said that in his opinion eliminating risks posed by the bases come first, and that’s why he lets the relocation plan move forward. “This is only realistic,” he said. Nakaima stressed the need to bring forward the return and consolidation of the bases south of Kadena Air Base, and improve the utilization of the land once the bases have been returned.

In other matters Nakaima promoted a policy to lessen the educational burden to families by introducing a system extending free medical care until junior high school students, and 1a free school-provided lunch. He also wants to push for the plan of eliminating waiting lists to nursery schools within five years. Another of his educational aims is to move Okinawan students to the upper level in the national achievement test.

His other plans include tackling the issue of the doctor shortage on isolated islands and depopulated regions, and promoting women’s participation in society.

Nakaima also set a clear goal of attracting 10 million tourists annually to the prefecture creating tourism revenue of one trillion yen.

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