Seven business leaders, including Sony Corp. Chairman Nobuyuki Idei, 65, and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. President Norio Wada, 62, have been asked to become vice chairmen of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), sources at the group said Tuesday.

The remaining five are Shigemitsu Miki, 67, president of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi; Etsuhiko Shoyama, 66, president of Hitachi Ltd.; Kunio Takeda, 63, president of Takeda Chemical Industries Ltd.; Takashi Nishioka, 66, president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; and Kenji Miyahara, 67, chairman of Sumitomo Corp., the Nippon Keidanren sources said.

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