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Yukio Okamoto, an official adviser to Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on Okinawa affairs, will resign from his post on Tuesday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kanezo Muraoka said Wednesday.

Muraoka told reporters that Okamoto had asked Hashimoto repeatedly over the past several months for permission to resign. “We think Okamoto has fulfilled his duties and we highly appreciate what he has done during his service, which started in November 1996,” Muraoka told a regular news conference.

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