• Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JapanTokyo


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.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.