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Japan will field former Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Hisashi Owada as a candidate judge in the 2002 election for the U.N. International Court of Justice, the Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

Owada, who is president of the Japan Institute of International Affairs and the father of the Crown Princess, was officially endorsed Monday by an advisory panel to the foreign minister for his expertise in international law and long diplomatic experience, Vice Foreign Minister Yutaka Kawashima said.

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