Okinawa re-elects opposition-backed governor in blow to ruling party


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Voters in Japan's Okinawa re-elected Denny Tamaki as governor on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK and other media said, backing an independent candidate who wants a smaller U.S. military footprint on the chain of islands near Taiwan. The anticipated re-election of Tamaki, who was supported by a coalition of opposition parties, is a sign of pushback against Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ruling party, which has been hit by scandal over members' ties to the Unification Church. Okinawa prefecture is far closer to Taiwan than to Tokyo, putting it front and centre to growing tension in the region. Beijing claims Taiwan as...