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Top Japan diplomat Akiba to be tapped as national security adviser

Close aide to Prime Minister Suga will replace Kitamura

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba is set to be appointed as the new national security adviser.    © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government plans to appoint Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba as the new national security adviser, government sources said Saturday, in a step that is likely to give the Foreign Ministry more say in diplomacy and security policies.

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