Vice governor duo to fill in after sudden death of Okinawa’s Onaga

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Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga speaks to reporters during a rally in 2015 against a plan to move Marine Corps air operations from urban Futenma to the island's remote north.  STARS AND STRIPES
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Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga speaks to reporters during a rally in 2015 against a plan to move Marine Corps air operations from urban Futenma to the island's remote north. STARS AND STRIPES

Vice governor duo to fill in after sudden death of Okinawa’s Onaga

by: Matthew M. Burke and Aya Ichihashi | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 10, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa – A pair of vice governors will take turns leading Japan’s southern island prefecture following the sudden death of Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga.

Onaga, 67, died Wednesday evening following a bout with pancreatic cancer. The fervent anti-U.S. base governor’s passing came less than two hours after officials announced he would be stepping down temporarily over health concerns.

Vice governor Kiichiroh Jahana will fill in for Onaga until Aug. 12, after which fellow vice governor Moritake Tominaga will takes the reins.

It is unclear if Tominaga will remain interim governor until a yet-to-be-scheduled gubernatorial election that had been planned for November. The island must now hold elections within 50 days of Onaga’s death – or by Sept. 28 - according to Japanese law.

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