NHK reported this morning that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved on Wednesday the plan to appoint William Hagerty as the new U.S. Ambassador to Japan. The network said that after obtaining the approval of the full Senate, Hagerty is expected to arrive in Japan as early as this summer. The network quoted Chairman Corker as saying in a statement: “There is no one better suited to fill this important role than Bill Hagerty.” The network said Hagerty is well-versed in trade policy, noting that during a congressional hearing held last month, he said he will seek to open up the Japanese market in order to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Hagerty also stressed in the hearing that he will work closely with Japan to increase pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.