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Tsuneo Watanabe, president of Yomiuri Shimbun Holdings, became chairman of the newspaper company Friday, taking over from Kenya Mizukami following shareholder approval, the company said.

Yomiuri Shimbun President Hitoshi Uchiyama, 68, succeeded Watanabe as president of the holding company, while the 77-year-old Mizukami became chairman of the management strategy council, a newly created body.

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