• Kyodo


The chief of the Imperial Household Agency, Shingo Haketa, will be replaced by Noriyuki Kazaoka, the deputy head, on June 1, pending Cabinet approval, government sources said Monday.

Kazaoka, 65, will be promoted to the position of grand steward, responsible for the personal, ceremonial and official affairs of the Emperor and his family, while Haketa, 70, will retire.

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