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LDP shut out in Okinawa balloting

Date Posted: 2009-09-01

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered a crushing defeat across Japan Sunday, with Okinawa falling right in line with blocking LDP candidates from any wins.

Mikio Shimoji, the shining star of the People’s New Party, swept to an easy win in the First Election District that includes Naha City, while the Democratic Socialist Party’s Kantoku Teruya picked up the win in the second district comprising Urasoe, Ginowan amont others. The Democratic Party of Japan swept the seats in both the third and fourth election districts. Denny Tamaki won the seat in the third district that covers Okinawa Uruma Cities, while Chobin Zukeran won the battle in the fourth district consisting of the northernmost parts of the island as well as Miyako and Yaeyama districts.

A common denominator in all four election districts was candidates against continued American military presence in Okinawa, to include firmly opposing relocating Futenma Marine Corps Air Station to northern Okinawa, and demanding that the MCAS be moved outside the prefecture and preferably outside Japan.

Also campaigning against Futenma was Seiken Akamine of the Communist Party. He won the proportional district seat from Okinawa. The DJP swept 308 of the 480 Lower House of Representatives seats Sunday, while the LDP only managed to pick up 100.

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