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TV Asahi Corp. said Thursday that Ichiro Furutachi, who has been the face of the network’s signature news show since April 2004, will step down from the anchor post next spring at his request.

The 61-year-old news presenter told the network he would like to “try new fields,” TV Asahi said, adding that a successor for the “Hodo Station” news program, which will continue after his departure at the end of March, had not yet been chosen. Hodo means news reporting in Japanese.

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