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Misawa Mayor Shigeyoshi Suzuki passed away on May 1 at age 66. I was shocked to hear this, having met him in my previous capacity as director of the Status of U.S. Forces Agreement Division of the Foreign Ministry.

Suzuki had been mayor of Misawa for 20 years. He had worked closely with U.S. Air Base Misawa, especially with the U.S. Air Force 35th Fighter Wing. His willingness to work together constructively was very much appreciated by the U.S. side, illustrated by the fact that, in January, Gen. Paul V. Hester presented Mayor Suzuki the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award.

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