Japan's first biracial governor wants US troops out of Okinawa

Mr Denny Tamaki, the son of a US Marine father and an Okinawan waitress mother, has vowed to build up Okinawa's local industries in areas such as tourism, agriculture and logistics to raise incomes.
Mr Denny Tamaki, the son of a US Marine father and an Okinawan waitress mother, has vowed to build up Okinawa's local industries in areas such as tourism, agriculture and logistics to raise incomes.PHOTO: KOSUKE OKAHARA/THE WASHINGTON POST

It will not 'puncture deterrence' of US-Japan military ties, says Tamaki, whose father is American

Okinawa, Japan's southern-most prefecture and also its poorest, made history last Sunday when it elected in the country's first hafu (biracial) governor.

Mr Denny Tamaki, a guitar-strumming former radio DJ who turns 59 on Saturday, is the son of a United States Marine father and an Okinawan waitress mother. He has never met his father, who returned home before he was born.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 07, 2018, with the headline 'Japan's first biracial governor wants US troops out of Okinawa'. Print Edition | Subscribe