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Okinawa Gov. Onaga in 'state of clouded consciousness': official

Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga (Mainichi)

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, recuperating after undergoing pancreatic cancer surgery, has fallen into a "state of clouded consciousness," the prefecture said Wednesday.

The duties of the 67-year-old Onaga will be taken up by Deputy Gov. Kiichiro Jahana so that the governor can focus on treatment. Jahana said at a press conference that Onaga will remain in his post despite his medical condition.

Onaga, known for his strong stance against U.S. bases in Okinawa, is currently hospitalized, sources close to the matter said.

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