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Henoko Mayor attempts suicide

Date Posted: 2000-02-04

The mayor of Nago Cityís Henoko district was hospitalised Saturday, after an apparent suicide attempt.

According to the mayorís family he had been stressed lately over the plans to move of the U.S. Marine heliport to his village. The family members said that the problem had been constantly in his mind and he had told several times that he was at loss at what to do.

Family members noticed that he behaved strangely and concluded that had drank herbicide and called an ambulance.

After he was treated and resting in the hospital, he was questioned by the police who quoted him saying that ďI donít know what to do about this heliport problem. I feel itís too heavy a burden on me to carry.Ē

The police ruled the incident as an attempted suicide and say that as far as they are concerned the case is closed. ďItís a private matter and the investigation is closed,Ē and officer stated.

Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine said that he regrets the incident but ďItís a private matter, so I canít comment. But my heart goes out for him and I pray that he will become well quickly.Ē

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