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Naha City celebrates 80th, raises flag first time

Date Posted: 2001-05-25

Naha City celebrated its 80th anniversary of becoming a city, Sunday.

The ceremony was held at Naha Civic Hall. Besides city officials, JSDF members and other military affiliated people could be seen at the city ceremony for the first time. Other firsts were raising Japan’s national flag, “Hinomaru,” and singing the national anthem “Kimigayo” at an official occasion. The flag has not been raised for the last 32 years as all the city mayors have been leftists. Current Mayor Takeshi Onaga who was elected to his post last year became the first conservative mayor of Naha City since Okinawa’s reversion to Japanese rule in 1972. City officials even had to set up a new flagpole in front of the city office to facilitate the national flag that the mayor says will fly daily from now on.

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