Foreign Minister Yohei Kono on Tuesday appointed the ministry’s Treaties Bureau Director General Shotaro Yachi as deputy vice minister for foreign policy and Japanese Minister to the United States Shin Ebihara to take Yachi’s place, the ministry said.

Yachi is a 56-year-old native of Ishikawa Prefecture and has served as consul general in Los Angeles, while his successor Ebihara, 52, who hails from Tokyo, has served as secretary to the prime minister.

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