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Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi on Friday named Naoyuki Agawa, a professor of law at Keio University, as minister in charge of public relations at the Japanese Embassy in Washington as part of her efforts to carry out reforms by appointing outside experts.

Agawa, 51, who graduated from Georgetown University Law School and is a member of a private advisory panel on Foreign Ministry reform, is licensed to practice law in New York and Washington D.C. He has practiced in both the United States and Japan, as well as working at Sony Corp.’s legal division before becoming a professor in 1999.

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