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Seoul names University of Tokyo PhD Kang as Japan ambassador

South Korea tasks well-connected ex-lawmaker with improving relations

South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants to improve ties with Japan, a source from his office said.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- A former leader of the South Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union will be Seoul's next ambassador to Tokyo.

Kang Chang-il was chosen for the post "in hopes that his expertise, experience and longtime connections would lead to an improvement in cooling bilateral ties," a spokesperson for the South Korean presidential office said Monday.

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