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Kamejiro Senaga
瀬長 亀次郎
Prison Release of Kamejiro Senaga.JPG
Senaga being released from prison
Mayor of Naha
In office
January 1957 – November 1957
Preceded byJugo Tōma
Succeeded byTadashi Toei
Personal details
Born(1907-06-10)June 10, 1907
Tomigusuku, Okinawa, Ryukyu Kingdom
DiedOctober 5, 2001(2001-10-05) (aged 94)
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Political partyOkinawa People's Party
Japanese Communist Party
Spouse(s)Fumi Sensei
Alma materKagoshima University
Japanese name
Kanji瀬長 亀次郎
Hiraganaせなが かめじろう
Kamejiro Senaga (at left, holding book)
Kamejiro Senaga (at left, holding book)

Kamejiro Senaga (瀬長 亀次郎, Senaga Kamejirō) (June 10, 1907 – October 5, 2001) was a politician, journalist, also Mayor of Naha city. Senaga was an outspoken critic of American oppression on Okinawa and was imprisoned by American military authorities for sheltering Communists. He was a mayor in Naha and a prominent political figure during the American occupation of Okinawa. However, he was removed when military authorities arbitrarily changed Okinawan election ordinances. Senaga was a strong advocate for the reversion of Okinawa, which was initially opposed by the American military. Later, he served as a representative of the Japanese Communist Party in the Diet, in the House of Representatives, before retiring from politics in 1990.

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