UPDATE1: Ex-Oita Gov. Morihiko Hiramatsu dies at 92

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04:16 23 August 2016

OITA, Japan, Aug. 23, Kyodo

Former Oita Gov. Morihiko Hiramatsu, known for his “one village, one product” regional development campaign, died on Sunday, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. He was 92.

Hiramatsu served as governor of Oita Prefecture on Japan’s southwestern main island of Kyushu for 24 years until 2003. His “one village, one product” movement was initiated for Oita but later introduced to many developing countries.

He was a staunch advocate of greater regional autonomy, backing a proposal to reorganize Japan into one circuit of Hokkaido and several new states that would each be a combination of neighboring prefectures.

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