New Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki expressed his opposition to the relocation of a U.S. military base within the prefecture at his first meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who showed no change in the central government's stance.

During the Oct. 12 talks at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Tamaki told Abe, "I would like you to set up an opportunity as soon as possible to discuss the matter," referring to the central government's plans to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, to Nago's Henoko district.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who also serves as minister in charge of reducing the burden of hosting U.S. bases in Okinawa, was in attendance.

Responding to reporters after meeting Abe for the first time since taking office, Tamaki quoted the prime minister as saying, “Our position of proceeding with the relocation plan hasn't changed.”

Tamaki fired up voters ahead of the Sept. 30 Okinawa gubernatorial election with his active opposition toward the base relocation, soundly defeating former Ginowan Mayor Atsushi Sakima, who was backed by the Abe administration.

The election was moved up following the death of Tamaki's predecessor, Takeshi Onaga, who died of cancer in August.

Onaga had fought the Abe administration in the courts and the public over the plans to build the new U.S. air base. Before his death, Onaga had recorded a message naming Tamaki as a possible successor.