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Candidates crank up rhetoric for upcoming House election

Date Posted: 2007-05-18

Mikio Shimoji is deep in the political lobbying for the upcoming House of Councilors election, but is backing a new candidate this time.

The veteran politician is tossing his support, and that of his Souzo Political Party, to Hiroshi Goya, a present Prefecture Assembly Member. Shimoji has forged an agreement with the Kokumin Shinto Party’s Shizuka Kamei, saying “Let’s help each other and fight the Liberal Democracy Party.” The 48-year-old Goya is running on a platform that “Okinawan peoples lives have too many differences between those in the city and those in the countryside.” He says “medical services and welfare problems” need to be addressed by government.

Goya is facing LDP candidate Kousaburo Nishime, and Socialist Keiko Itokazu in the upcoming July election. He says “we want to make the government party go down, and let the real Okinawan peoples’ minds and spirit show up in the central government.”

Shimoji has rejected supporting Itokazu, who he backed when she ran for the Diet post last election. “I don’t support her, because she made an agreement with the Communist Party,” says Shimoji. “We don’t agree with the Socialist and Communist Party manifesto.” Itokazu gave up her House position to unsuccessfully run for governor of Okinawa Prefecture last year.

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