The Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Thursday that it has made an informal decision to pick Mitsubishi Corp. Chairman Ken Kobayashi as the JCCI’s next chairman to succeed Akio Mimura.

Kobayashi, 73, will be the first person from a general trading house to assume the post. He will take office after a general meeting of JCCI members in November. He will concurrently serve as head of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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