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Minister for Okinawa hospitalized again due to minor stroke

  • February 26, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 5:39 p.m.
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TOKYO — Japan’s minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, Tetsuma Esaki, was admitted to a hospital again Monday after being treated last week for symptoms of a minor stroke, the government spokesman said.


Esaki, who was diagnosed with having had a transient ischemic attack that causes temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain, was hospitalized Monday afternoon for additional medical tests and needs treatment at the facility and at home for around a week, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a press conference.


The government will decide whether and when the 74-year-old will return to his official duties based on results of the tests and his condition, Suga added.


Esaki complained of symptoms of a stroke on Monday last week and was hospitalized before being released Saturday.

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