Former Shimane Gov. Sumita Nobuyoshi (澄田 信義) passed away yesterday.
According to the San-in Chuo Shinpo's artice, in 1957, he started working for former Japan National Railways after he graduated from Shimane's Izumo High and Department of Law at The University of Tokyo. He was in charge of division and privatization of the former Japan National Railways as a standing director after seving as a vice-chief of the Shinkansen bureau and the general manager of Wakayama prefectural police. He aimed at the early establishment of the dominium of Takeshima, and "Takeshima Day" was enacted in 05. At the same time, he was zealous about international exchanges, including a sister tie-up with South Korea's Gyeongsang Province (慶尚北道).
May his noble soul Rest in Peace.
Shimane touts 'Takeshima Day'(Japan Times) - March 17, 2005 (cache)
'Takeshima Day,' rhetoric just Shimane affair (Japan Times)- Feb. 23, 2006 (cache)