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Ex-defense chief Nakatani to be Japan's adviser on human rights

PM Kishida aims to address China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims

Japan's former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, center, in 2016.  He has been named as the country's special adviser on human rights issues to address China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided Monday to name former Defense Minister Gen Nakatani as his special adviser on human rights issues to address China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in its far-western Xinjiang region and pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong.

Nakatani's appointment is expected to be formalized Wednesday when Kishida launches his second Cabinet in a special parliamentary session. The prime minister said in September that he would create the new post, which has already angered China that usually slams such moves as interference in its internal affairs.

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