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The Cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a set of key personnel changes at the Foreign Ministry, including the appointment of Shinsuke Sugiyama, deputy foreign minister in charge of political affairs, as the ministry’s top bureaucrat.

The 63-year-old Sugiyama, former director-general of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, replaces Akitaka Saiki, 63, as vice foreign minister. Saiki is retiring after holding the top bureaucrat post for three years.

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