Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka said Monday she will set up an informal advisory panel this week, from which she hopes to get suggestions on not only political and economic diplomacy but also on “soft” issues such as cultural exchange, education and environment.

Members will include Chie Nakane, a renowned anthropologist at the University of Tokyo, Testuko Kuroyanagi, an actress and a good-will ambassador of UNICEF, and Masayoshi Son, president of Softbank Corp.

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