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Chosei Taira to challenge Naha City’s incumbent mayor

Date Posted: 2008-07-10

Opposition party leader Chosei Taira has jumped into the November Naha City mayoral election fray, announcing he’ll take on the present mayor, who is backed by the Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito.

The 64-year-old Taira, a former member of the prefecture assembly, says “We, the opposition parties, are strongly joining together to fight the current mayor and bright an end to the Liberal Democratic and Komeito party’s rule.” Takeshi Onaga is expected to run in the election to keep his position as Naha City’s mayor. Taira criticizes Onaga, saying “the citizen’s life must be fair and true, and leadership should be on the citizens’ side. The current city administration doesn’t think about citizens’ well-being at all.”

Taira charges Onaga with “thinking only about big size businesses and companies, and not citizens. Onaga,” he adds, “should listen to area residents opinions,” citing the Omoromachi area land sales contract as a problem in which the mayor is wrong. Taira was joined by the Communist Party, Socialist Party and Democratic Party of Japan as he made his announcement. The opposition parties will all band together to support Taira, he noted.

The opposition is buoyed by its June victories in the Prefecture Assembly, and are looking to reverse losses in the past two Naha City mayoral elections. The opposition has also lost the last three attempts at winning the governorship.

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