U.S. Diplomat Replaced After Calling Okinawans 'Lazy' and 'Masters of Extortion'

A senior U.S. diplomat supervising Japan affairs abruptly left his post today after the State Department apologized for comments he allegedly made calling the people of Okinawa "lazy" and "masters of extortion." The U.S. embassy in Tokyo released a statement saying Kevin Maher, former director of the State Department's Office of Japan Affairs has been replaced by longtime diplomat Rust Deming. News of Maher's replacement overshadowed Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific...Full Story
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