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'An inspiration': Washington mourns Japan's Sadako Ogata

State Department honors former UN official who protected millions of refugees

Sadako Ogata speaks to Nikkei in 2001. After leading the UN refugee agency, she became the Japanese prime minister's special representative on reconstruction assistance for Afghanistan.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued a statement on Oct. 30 about the death of Sadako Ogata of Japan, the former United Nations refugee agency chief who died last week at age 92.

The State Department, along with our international partners and donor governments, remembers the life and work of Sadako Ogata, former U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), who led the agency from 1991 to 2000.

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