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Japan taps 'China school' again for new ambassador

Hideo Tarumi brings strong expertise and information-gathering skills to diplomatic post

Hideo Tarumi helped resolve diplomatic feuds between Japan and China related to the Senkaku Islands, a hot topic in bilateral relations.

TOKYO -- Japan will appoint a veteran diplomat with strong ties to China as its next ambassador to the country, with bilateral ties only expected to grow more complicated amid Beijing's rivalry with Washington.

Hideo Tarumi will succeed current Ambassador Yutaka Yokoi as early as this year, following official approval by the Japanese cabinet.

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