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Japan eyes career diplomat Kitera as new envoy to China: report

2012-10-06 01:07:40 GMT2012-10-06 09:07:40(Beijing Time)

Masato Kitera

The Japanese government began making arrangements Friday to select Masato Kitera, a career diplomat now serving as assistant chief Cabinet secretary, as Japan's new ambassador to China, following the sudden death of recently appointed envoy Shinichi Nishimiya, Kyodo News reported, citing government sources.

Kitera, 59, who was appointed to his current post only on Sept. 11, would be tasked with playing an important role in improving relations between the two countries, which have sunk to the lowest point in years over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Uichiro Niwa, who was replaced by Nishimiya in mid-September, is continuing to act as ambassador in China because Nishimiya died before leaving for China and the government's efforts to pick his successor have dragged on.

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