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Ambassador Hagerty to resign later this month

All national dailies wrote that the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo announced on Tuesday that Ambassador Hagerty is in the process of resigning his post and will leave Japan later this month. The papers noted that President Trump tweeted on July 12 that Ambassador Hagerty will be running for a Senate seat in Tennessee. The papers wrote that according to the Embassy, Deputy Chief of Mission Joseph Young will take up the role of Chargé d’Affaires ad interim. Nikkei wrote that since the GOJ attaches importance to U.S.-Japan relations, it will pay close attention to the choice of Ambassador Hagerty’s successor. The paper said the Ambassador has urged the GOJ to increase Japanese firms’ investment in the United States in line with President Trump’s goal of reducing the trade deficit with Japan. The daily added that the Embassy issued a statement saying: “Ambassador Hagerty is honored to have represented the President and the American people in his work to advance the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Pacific.”

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