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Senior Okinawa official embroiled in political scandal

  • January 19, 2017
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi and Sankei reported on an allegation as reported by an Okinawa media outlet that Okinawa Vice Governor Ageda used his political influence to urge the prefectural educational board to hire his acquaintances as public school teachers in 2015. Given that the vice governor has served as a primary contact between Governor Onaga and the central government on Futenma relocation and other base issues, the influence-peddling scandal may deal a heavy blow to the defiant governor. Although Ageda categorically dismissed the allegation yesterday, he also hinted at the possibility of stepping down depending on how the scandal evolves.      

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