Former Ambassador to South Africa Yoshizo Konishi has been appointed ambassador to Peru, a post vacant since May when Morihisa Aoki resigned to take responsibility for the Lima hostage crisis, the Foreign Ministry announced July 1.

Konishi, 63, served as ambassador to South Africa from December 1994 to last month and Nicaragua between 1987 and 1992. The ministry also appointed 60-year-old Shunji Yanai vice minister, replacing Sadayuki Hayashi, who has become an adviser to the ministry. Yanai was deputy minister in charge of political affairs before taking the post.

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