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90 % of Ie Island residents say 'No' to proposed merger

Date Posted: 2003-08-02

Ie Island residents resoundingly rejected a proposed merger with its nearby larger neighbors during weekend elections. More than 90 percent of Island residents oppose the proposed merger of Ie Village with Nago City, Motobu Town and Nakijin Village, according to the referendum conducted Sunday. A full 73 percent of eligible residents cast ballot in the referendum, with 2,756 voting against the merger, while only 286 were in favor.

As the residents overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to the merger plan, Ie Village Mayor Seitoku Shimabukuro declared at a press conference after counting the votes was complete that he would act according to the wishes of the residents. “The results show that we want to stay independent. We will not merge under any framework,” Shimabukuro said.

The mayor said he would make a plan to reform the village’s budget and administration to reflect the results and ensure that the village could survive. Refuting the merger could stop the village from receiving any outside government subsidies.

The referendum was the first local level vote on the many proposed mergers of various municipalities in Okinawa. The central government is pushing the mergers as a measure to save costs of local administration.

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