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The government plans to name Kenji Okamura, director general of the International Bureau of the Finance Ministry, as Japan's top currency diplomat, sources familiar with the change said Tuesday.

Okamura, 58, will become vice finance minister for international affairs, replacing Yoshiki Takeuchi, who took over the post last year from Masatsugu Asakawa, the longest-serving currency diplomat in Japan and now president of the Asian Development Bank.

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