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NHK taps former Mitsubishi executive Ueda as new president

Japan's public broadcaster aims to start fresh after controversies

Incoming NHK President Ryoichi Ueda

TOKYO -- Japanese public broadcaster NHK's board of governors has unanimously selected a former Mitsubishi Corp. executive as its next president, betting that his private-sector expertise will help restore a reputation tarnished by controversy.

Ryoichi Ueda replaces President Katsuto Momii, who will step down when his term ends on Jan. 24, NHK announced Tuesday. Ueda, 67, has been a full-time member of the board of governors since 2013.

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