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Sony to hire ex-U.S. Ambassador Roos as outside director

JIJI

Electronics giant Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will appoint former U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos and Kazuo Matsunaga, former vice minister of economy, trade and industry, as outside board directors.

It will be the first time the company has appointed outside board members with such rich political and bureaucratic backgrounds.

Roos and Matsunaga will take the posts after receiving approval at Sony’s general shareholders’ meeting on June 19.

Roos, 59, was U.S. ambassador to Japan for four years starting in August 2009. He oversaw Operation Tomodachi, the relief mission carried out by U.S. forces in Tohoku after the March 2011 disasters.

Sony expects Roos to contribute in the field of law, since he has rich experience as a lawyer, a company spokesman said.

Matsunaga, 62, was a vice minister when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck but was removed in August the same year for failing to contain the meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

Sony hopes to benefit from Matsunaga’s global experience, the spokesman said.