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Japan's appointed ambassador to China dies: report

2012-09-16 02:41:08 GMT2012-09-16 10:41:08(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Shinichi Nishimiya (file)

By Mei Jingya, Sina English

Newly appointed Japanese ambassador to China Shinichi Nishimiya died Sunday morning, Japan's NHK reported.

Shinichi Nishimiya passed out at home in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, on September 13, and was rushed to the hospital by an ambulance.

Nishimiya, 60, served as deputy minister in charge of economic affairs in 2011, and was Japan's consul general in New York.

He was recently picked on by Tokyo to replace the outgoing ambassador to China Unichiro Niwa.

Xinhua report -- Newly-appointed Japanese Ambassador to China Shinichi Nishimiya died Sunday morning in a hospital in Tokyo, Kyodo reported.

Nishimiya, 60, fell unconscious on a street in Tokyo three days ago on Thursday morning. Police said the sudden faint was caused by illness.

The cause of his death has yet to be known, according to Kyodo news.

Nishimiya's appointment had just been approved by the government on Tuesday to replace current Japanese Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa, at a time when the two countries are embroiled in a dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea, local media reported.

As deputy foreign minister in charge of economic affairs, Nishimiya had until recently been making arrangements with other countries in relation to the just-concluded summit of the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vladivostok, Russia, said local media.

A newly appointed ambassador usually begins work in the designated country within 40 days of the appointment after being briefed by his or her predecessor in Japan, according to the Japanese foreign ministry.

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