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Mixed results scored on Nakaima’s report card

Date Posted: 2008-12-11

Hirokazu Nakaima celebrated two years in the governor’s office yesterday, a low key event that went largely unnoticed except for those eying a 19-point checklist of things he promised to do if elected.

The governor can lay claim to some successes, but is off the mark on others as the Prefecture Assembly tallied results of Nakaima’s first 730 days in office. At the top of unfulfilled promises is closing Futenma Marine Corps Air Station within three years. The controversial base atop a Ginowan City hill is still operational, and plans to relocate it are still mired in environmental, financial and political challenges.

Nakaima picked up good grades on handling senior citizen medical system needs and luring doctors into the supporting those on welfare. The Prefecture Assembly scored him about 80% successful on the issues, but then turned thumbs down on Nakaima’s ability to reduce classroom sizes to fewer than 30 students.

The urban monorail extension and introduction of new tram cars is on track, a plus for the governor, but problems with the Okinawa Graduate University construction is a setback. There is now talk about halting construction of the school in Onna Village.

With the Prefecture Assembly now controlled by the opposition party, the governor faces difficulties in pressing his programs.

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