PALAU MOURNS FORMER SPEAKER

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KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, Aug. 18) — President Tommy
Remengesau has declared a five-day national mourning in honor of former Speaker
Tosiwo Nakamura.

Remengesau issued Presidential Proclamation 03-41 directing all
Palauan flags in and outside the country to be flown at half-mast starting on
Aug. 13. The former speaker’s funeral is on Aug. 23.

After a long illness, Nakamura passed away last Aug. 9, survived
by his wife Elizabeth and five children.

Nakamura, the brother of former President Kuniwo Nakamura, was
born on Jan. 23, 1938.

He studied at Pacific Islands Central School in Chuuk and the
University of the Philippines where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in
general science in 1965. He also did graduate work at the University of Hawaii
and the University of Oregon.

Former Speaker Nakamura worked with Koror Elementary School as a
teacher then as principal.

He served as a coordinator for public elementary school and
later became the superintendent for elementary education.

He was an active political leader and was one of the key members
and leaders of the Palau Progressive Party during the time that the country had
two active political parties.

He was a member of the first Micronesian Constitutional
Convention in 1975, and of the Palau Constitutional Convention, representing the
Peleliu senatorial district from 1978 to 1979.

He was chairman of the general provisions committee and was
instrumental in the inclusion of the anti-nuclear provision in the Palau
Constitution.

He was also a member of the 6th Palau Legislature and was named
speaker of the 7th Legislature.

He later served as administrator for the Koror state government
from 1983 to 1988.

In the early 1980s, former Speaker Nakamura ventured into
various business enterprises and served as chairman of the board of Belau
Transfer & Terminal Co., president of Belau Petroleum Products Inc.,
president of Nakamura Sistemm Corp. and Palau Industrial Corp.

He also served on numerous boards and commissions.

August 18, 2003

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