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The Lower House approved on Tuesday the government’s appointment of a former top health ministry bureaucrat as a commissioner of the National Personnel Authority, paving the way for him to eventually become its president.

The appointment of former Vice Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare Takeshi Erikawa will likely gain approval from the Upper House, which is also controlled by the Democratic Party of Japan and its coalition partners, at its plenary session Wednesday.

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