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Kyodo News selected a new board of directors Thursday and reappointed Ichiro Saita as president, ushering in his third term at the post he assumed in June 1998.

Among four other full-time executives, General Manager Toyohiko Yamanouchi and Executive Director Koichi Ono held their posts.

Eiji Kadota, managing director of the Osaka regional office, and Satoshi Ishikawa, managing director of the president’s office, were appointed executive directors.

Tomochika Chosogabe will assume the post of executive auditor, managing director of the finance department,

The board also decided to appoint Toshiei Kokubun, deputy managing editor of the news department, as managing editor of the department.

Ko Yamaguchi, on loan from Kyodo to the Japanese organizing committee for the World Cup, will become managing director of the international department.

A general assembly of members of the Kyodo News cooperative and a board will meet June 20 and officially endorse the lineup.

Kyodo, one of Japan’s two main news agencies, distributes Japanese-language news and photos to newspapers as well as radio and TV stations, and provides a news service in English.

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