Original Call: LDS Church News
Week Ending December 9, 1978
Kiyoshi Sakai was recently called as president of the Japan Sendai Mission. He has been serving as president since Oct. 18.
He replaced Pres. Richard D.S. Kwak, who was released due to illness. Pres. Kwak had been mission president since July 1977.
Pres. Sakai, 39, was born in Okayama-shi, Japan, a son of Toshiro and Kumeko Hanaya Sakai. He married Mitsuyo Ogawa April 1, 1967, and they have three children. A convert to the Church, he was baptized Feb. 16, 1957, in Okayama-shi.
The new mission president served as a bishop, high councilor in the Tokyo Japan Stake, and counselor in the presidency of the Yokohama Japan Stake. Until his call as a mission president, he was employed at the Church Distribution Center in Tokyo.
Sister Sakai was born in Kobe-shi, Japan, to Sadao and Yaeno Nagahama Ogawa. She served as a Junior Sunday School coordinator and Relief Society president.
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