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Japan's Kishida to tap ex-defense chief Hayashi as foreign minister

Japan's new top diplomat to be officially chosen on Wednesday

Former Defense Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi has been selected as foreign minister in Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's new cabinet. He is to be formally appointed Nov. 10.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will appoint former Defense Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi as foreign minister, Nikkei has learned. The new cabinet is expected to be formed on Wednesday. 

Kishida has told party executives in the ruling coalition of his decision.

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