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Japanese diplomatic luminary Okamoto dies at 74

Architect of Okinawa base move had contracted coronavirus

Yukio Okamoto helped Prime Minister Shinzo Abe draft a crucial speech commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Photo by Yumi Kotani)

TOKYO -- Yukio Okamoto, a diplomatic expert who advised multiple Japanese prime ministers, two in an official capacity, on issues ranging from the return of a U.S. military base in Okinawa to Iraq reconstruction, died in late April. He was 74.

Okamoto had contracted the coronavirus, a Japanese government source said.

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