NAHA -- An opponent of the relocation of a U.S. military base within the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa is heading for victory in the July 21 House of Councillors election.
Tetsumi Takara, 65, an independent, is set to beat Shigenobu Asato, 49, who ran on the ticket of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and two others in the Okinawa Prefecture constituency to earn his first term as a member of the upper house.
Takara won the backing of "All Okinawa" political forces opposing the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan to the Henoko district of the prefectural city of Nago. Gov. Denny Tamaki, also an opponent of the plan, extended all-out support to Takara.