In its Aug. 9 edition, Izvestia reported that Mikhail Galuzin (57) will take office as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Japan, succeeding Evgeny Afanasiev (70). Galuzin is a Japan specialist and has served in the past as minister-counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan. It is not certain when Galuzin will take office, but the procedures necessary for him to assume the position have already been initiated in the Upper and Lower Houses.
Citing information from sources close to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the newspaper said that Afanasiev, who has served as ambassador since 2012, turned 70 in May and is considered old for a government employee. It reported that Mikhail Galuzin, who ended his term as ambassador to Indonesia and Russian government representative to ASEAN on Aug. 7, will become ambassador to Japan.