NAHA -- Following the Aug. 8 death of Okinawa Gov. Takeshi Onaga, the prefectural government on Aug. 10 began accepting visitors to sign condolence books and reflect on Onaga's efforts to reduce the prefecture's heavy burden of hosting U.S. military bases.
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The prefectural government has set up places for people to sign condolence books at the prefectural government's head office in Naha, the prefectural government's Tokyo branch office and other related places, which will be open on weekdays from Aug. 10 to 17.
Cram school teacher Keiko Nakamura, 75, a resident of Naha, was the first person to arrive on Aug. 10 to sign a book at the prefectural government headquarters.
"I feel very sad about his death," she said. "He attempted to evoke a sense of pride among citizens of Okinawa. I really appreciate what he did."
Another resident of Naha, Yukio Taira, 68, tearfully commented, "He did his best for Okinawa. He learned about its history of suffering and shared what Okinawan people felt using his own words, not the words of others."
(Japanese original by Tadashi Sano, Kyushu News Department)