Japan Prime Minister Abe vows to relocate US Marines airbase in Okinawa after mayoral election win

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed on Monday the victory of a ruling party-backed candidate in a mayoral election on Okinawa, vowing to press ahead with a controversial plan to move a US Marines airbase on the southern island.
The candidate, Taketoyo Toguchi, backed by Abe’s ruling coalition, defeated incumbent Susumu Inamine, who opposed moving the US Marines’ Futenma airbase to his city of Nago in Okinawa’s north from a more populous part of the island.
The victory…