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Koji Tomita will be Japan's next ambassador to South Korea, but Seoul is not entirely pleased with the choice. (Nikkei montage/photo courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Inside Japanese politics

Fuel to the fire: Japan and South Korea split on Tokyo’s new envoy

Seoul sees Tomita posting as a 'downgrade,' but Tokyo thinks his experience is a good fit

NAOYA YOSHINO, Nikkei deputy editor | Japan

TOKYO -- Koji Tomita, a 38-year veteran of Japan's diplomatic corps, received a cool reception in Seoul when news broke in August that he would be the next Japanese ambassador to South Korea.

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