South Korea has named a former National Security Office official as its next ambassador to Japan as part of its regular spring reshuffle of senior diplomats, according to local media reports.

Yonhap News Agency and other media reported that the government has tapped Nam Gwan-pyo, who recently stepped down as deputy chief of the NSO, to replace Ambassador Lee Su-hoon.

Nam, 62, was first secretary of the South Korean Embassy in Tokyo between 1992 and 1995 and also served as ambassador to Hungary and Sweden.