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Jahana becomes vice governor of Okinawa

  • April 3, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

Kiichiro Jahana, 60, former director of the Okinawa governor’s Executive Office, assumed the position of vice governor on April 2. Governor Takeshi Onaga presented his official appointment papers to him at the prefectural government office. Jahana told reporters: “I acutely feel the seriousness of my responsibility. I will work on putting in place the conditions for the withdrawal of the landfill permit in Henoko, Nago City (which the governor has announced).”


Onaga has set stopping the construction of a new military base in Henoko as the main pillar of his administration over the last four years. The appointment of Jahana, who was in charge of base issues, as vice governor is meant to sustain and step up efforts to stop the construction of the base.


Onaga expressed his hope that Jahana will cooperate closely with him as vice governor to work on bases issues, economic development, the elimination of child poverty, and many other issues facing Okinawa.


Jahana was born in Nakijin Village in 1957. He is a graduate of the University of the Ryukyus. He will oversee the governor’s Executive Office, the Department of General Affairs, the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, the Department of Children and Welfare, the Department of Health and Medical Services, the Hospital Bureau, and various committees.

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