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Japan picks diplomat with Biden ties as US ambassador

Koji Tomita's connections seen as an asset under new administration

Koji Tomita, expected to be Japan's next ambassador to the U.S., served as a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Washington during the Obama administration.

TOKYO -- Japan is set to name Koji Tomita, the current ambassador to South Korea, as its next top envoy to the U.S., looking to draw on his connections with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Once the U.S. side agrees to the choice, Tomita is expected to assume the post as early as January, when Biden takes office.

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