Tokyo, Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday appointed Yoshihiro Katayama, counselor at the Japanese embassy in Kenya, as ambassador to Moldova, effective Thursday.
Katayama, 62, who entered the Foreign Ministry in 1980, served as consul in New York and first secretary at the embassy in Romania, before taking the current post in July 2016.
The government also appointed Hajime Kimura, consul-general in Curitiba, Brazil, as ambassador to Mozambique. The appointment will take effect also on Thursday.
Kimura, 62, entered the Foreign Ministry in 1983. He became consul-general in Curitiba in March 2017 after taking such posts as first secretary at the embassy in Brazil and senior regional coordinator at the ministry’s South America Division.