The Zushi Municipal Assembly has rejected Mayor Kazuyoshi Nagashima’s resignation.

The mayor tendered his resignation Monday in protest of plans by the Japanese government to build additional U.S. Navy housing in the Ikego area near Yokosuka Naval Base. Ikego, a 717-acre housing area in Zushi and Yokohama City, is used by servicemembers.

Assembly members rejected the resignation Thursday during an extraordinary session, saying his action “is too sudden,” the Kyodo news service reported.

Although his resignation was rejected, it still becomes effective 20 days after submission under municipal law. Unless another assembly session is held and his resignation approved, Nagashima will be out of office Aug. 24.

Nagashima says he will run for the mayoral position in the subsequent election to obtain a voter mandate to oppose Navy housing expansion. That election should be held within 50 days.

In resigning, Nagashima said the Japanese government broke its promise not to build additional Navy housing in Ikego.

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