New twist in Futenma Air Base controversy

I see in the Japan Times that the opposition won in the town of Nago, Okinawa.

Nago was where the Futenma Air Base was planned to be relocated under the 2006 accord. (Futenma to Camp Schwab, and 8,000 U.S. Marines moved to Guam.)

The vote was 17,950 for Inamine, the challenger, while the incumbent (pro-base), Shimabukuro, only go 16,362. So 795 people decided this.

We (Americans) aren’t going to be allowed to pull out all the troops from Japan, so I have a feeling the base is simply going to stay in Futenma.

It will be interesting to see how the matter continues to play out.