Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

Onaga announces plan to resume work following removal of cancerous tumor

On May 15 around 10:33 a.m. a smiling Governor Onaga is discharged from Urasoe General Hospital in Urasoe City.


May 15, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo online edition


On May 15 at 1:30 p.m., Governor Takeshi Onaga held a press conference at the Prefectural Office, where he released information about his surgery and physical health.

That morning he was discharged from a hospital in Urasoe City.

Onaga announced that his pathological examination showed that the tumor in his pancreas was malignant, and was found to be stage II pancreatic cancer.

Furthermore, he explained that there were no tumors found elsewhere in his organs, and that the cancerous tumor was removed.

He expressed his intention to pursue medical treatments to monitor for relapse or metastasis.

In addition, he mentioned his desire to return to work while recovering his physical health with the words, “I want to come back to work even one day sooner, so that I can carry out the role of governor which was conferred upon me.”

In regard to the spread of the cancer, Onaga said, “[Cancer] was confirmed in one lymph node in the vicinity of my pancreas, and it was removed.”

He is aiming to put all his energy into being cured so he can return to work and fulfill his duties until his term of office ends in December.

In regard to the gubernatorial election in autumn and his intention to run for a second term, Onaga said, “By reliably fulfilling my duties day after day I wish to put my trust in Okinawans’ judgement.

Since I have become healthier in the joyful few days since my discharge from the hospital, I wish to meet my responsibilities by readily performing official business.” He did not give specifics.


(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)


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