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Japan's new US envoy eyes removal of 'comfort women' statues

Shinsuke Sugiyama also seeks tighter cooperation on North Korea and economy

Shinsuke Sugiyama, Japan's new ambassador to the U.S.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's incoming ambassador to the U.S. looks to convince American cities to remove statues commemorating wartime "comfort women," and to strengthen dialogue with the American government, he told reporters here Thursday.

Shinsuke Sugiyama, former vice foreign minister, will assume the post in late March. One of his first tasks will be to "travel around the U.S. and explain the Japanese government's position in person," he said.

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