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Mr. Yukiya Amano, Japan’s ambassador to the Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, was elected last week as the next chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the nuclear watchdog that was established in the Austrian capital in 1957 and now has 146 member countries.

Mr. Amano’s election as the next IAEA director general is significant. He is the first person from Asia to serve as chief and he comes from a nation that suffered the world’s only atomic attacks. It is hoped that he will do his utmost, as he has pledged, to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

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