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Japan schools chief to step down, citing health concerns

STUTTGART, Germany — The superintendent of DODEA’s Japan District is stepping down next month citing health problems that require immediate medical attention, the Defense Department schools oversight agency announced Thursday.

Clayton Fujie said he will remain on the job until March 15 to ensure a smooth transition, the Department of Defense Education Activity said in a statement.

“I feel a special commitment to each of you, the families we serve, and my own family, to reprioritize and take actions consistent with our number one goal: highest student achievement,” Fujie said in a statement cited in the DODEA release.

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The news release said a transition plan is in place, but it did not name Fujie’s successor.

During his tenure with DODEA Pacific, Fujie worked to advance relationships with the host nation of Japan by supporting a variety of social, cultural and athletic events, the DODEA news release stated.

With 21 schools and an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, the DoDEA Japan District is one of the largest and most geographically dispersed in the DoDEA school system.

“I can say without a doubt that I will miss the professionalism, dedication, and friendship of the people I have worked with here in Japan and across the Pacific,” Fujie was quoted by the release as saying.

Fujie was hired in 2009 by Shirley Miles, the former head of the Department of Defense Education Activity, who was fired last year after an Inspector General’s office investigation found she had abused her authority. As part of that investigation, the report noted that Miles engaged in misconduct in connection with the hiring of Fujie.

Miles shepherded along the application of Fujie to be superintendent of DODEA’s Japan district, bypassing a veteran who ranked higher during the vetting process, according to the IG report, which was completed in June.

vandiverj@estripes.osd.mil
 

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