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Biden's Asia policy

Biden picks Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan

Former Chicago mayor and chief of staff to Obama to handle key alliance

Rahm Emanuel, who is expected to be named U.S. ambassador to Japan, was mayor of Chicago until 2019. Before that, he was President Barack Obama's White House chief of staff.    © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden is set to nominate Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Japan, Nikkei has learned.

A formal announcement is expected soon, according to multiple Japanese and American sources. Emanuel will take office after Senate approval.

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