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Four political parties align with Tomon for Okinawa City mayor

Date Posted: 2010-02-25

Mitsuko Tomon is heading into the April 25th Okinawa City mayoral election with the backing of four political parties.

The 67-year-old mayor is facing a tough battle against Mitsuru Kyan, who’s promised to “bring a more active life to Okinawa City” and to promote the Awase Tidelands Construction Project. Tomon is counting on big support from her backers, the Socialist and Communist Parties, as well as the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and its minor coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party.

Awase Tidelands Construction promises to be a central issue in the mayoral election campaign, and Tomon has yet to make up her mind about whether to support discontinuing work at Awase. Okinawa City lost the court case last October, when the court ruled “there is no rationale economically to continue this project.” The four political parties have each staked out positions opposing continuation of the Awase Tidelands project.

The four parties are to meet next month, and reevaluate their separate stances on Awase. They say they’ll withdraw support from Tomon if she goes against their wishes and decides to press for continuing the Awase promotion.

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