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A former envoy to France has taken the rare step of urging Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa to resign due to his vocal opposition to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s plan to buy some of the Senkaku Islands.

“Niwa is not the right person for the job in the current climate of strained relations between Japan and China,” Hiroshi Hirabayashi, vice president of the Japan Forum on International Relations, said in an editorial posted on the think tank’s website in late July.

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