On February 24, the people of Okinawa Prefecture voted on the question of whether land reclamation is necessary for constructing a new U.S. military base at Henoko in Nago city. The will of the people was expressed with 434273 voting ‘against’ the land reclamation, 114933 voting in ‘favor’ of the land reclamation, and 52682 indicating they were ‘neutral’ on the question. Voter turnout was 52.48%. This is the second local referendum held at the prefectural level in Japan since the September 1996 Okinawa referendum when voters were asked whether they were for or against consolidating U.S. military bases in the prefecture and reviewing the Japan-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement.