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Trump's Japan ambassador pick rewards loyalty

Hagerty has yet to prove diplomatic prowess

NAOYA YOSHINO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump's apparent choice of a transition adviser as U.S. ambassador to Japan aims largely to reward a key supporter of unknown diplomatic caliber, who would return to Tokyo at a critical time for the two nations' security alliance.

William Hagerty, Trump's likely pick for ambassador, has recently been spotted more often in Washington than in New York, home to the presidential transition team's headquarters at Trump Tower. The consultant-turned-investor, who apparently sought the Japan ambassador post, is the team's director of presidential appointments.

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