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Okinawa City election scene still confused

Date Posted: 2006-02-04

Another politician is expressing interest in becoming mayor of Okinawa City, and that’s worrying some party officials.

The Reformist Party this week proposed bringing Mitsuko Toumon into the race, pitting her against television talent Denny Tamaki. Toumon had earlier failed in a bid for a seat in the House of Representatives. She has not fully committed to challenging Tamaki for the race, but party officials are saying she will run.

Party leaders think it will only confuse the race if each party brings its own candidate. Decisions are being made this week by each party.

The Liberal Democracy Party tossed its candidate’s name into the ring this week as well. The 50-year-old Asachio Kuwae declared his intent to “continue for current mayor Masakazu Nakasone’s policies and work if I win.” Kuwae says Okinawa City’s biggest problems are “how to get financial problems squared away, and how to bring additional government money in from the Japanese government.

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