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Minister for Okinawa hospitalized after suspected stroke: gov’t

  • February 20, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 10:49 a.m.
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TOKYO – Japan’s minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs is in hospital for observation after suffering a suspected “light stroke,” the government’s top spokesman said Tuesday.

Tetsuma Esaki, 74, will likely need to remain in hospital for several days for tests, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.


Suga said Esaki became unwell Monday night. Esaki was absent from a Cabinet meeting earlier Tuesday.


He was appointed to his current role, his first Cabinet post, in August last year to deal with matters related to the southern island prefecture and a group of islands controlled by Russia but claimed by Japan.

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