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Ex-U.S. official in Okinawa tapped for NSC

JIJI

The White House will name Raymond Green, former U.S. consul general in Okinawa Prefecture, as the next director for Japan affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, sources said.

Green is currently director of the economic policy office at the U.S. Department of State’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau. His previous posts include head of the security policy section at the U.S. Embassy in Japan and consul general in Okinawa between August 2009 and July 2012.

Familiar with the Japan-U.S. security alliance and trade and commerce in Asia, Green has strong ties with senior officials in the Foreign and Defense ministries, and in the Okinawa Prefectural Government.

He is expected to take up the NSC post after a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum next month.

Green will work as a coordinator for the Obama administration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the planned relocation of the Futenma air station in Okinawa and a review of the guidelines for Japan-U.S. defense cooperation.