NHK reported that the GOJ decided at a cabinet meeting today to tap senior MOFA official Hideo Tarumi as the new Japanese ambassador to China. According to the network, Tarumi, who joined MOFA in 1985, is a “China school” diplomat and has long been involved in Japan’s diplomacy toward China. He previously served as the chief of a division related to China and Mongolia, a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, and the head of MOFA’s Consular Affairs Bureau and the Minister’s secretariat. The network added that by tapping an experienced China expert, the GOJ is hoping to stabilize its relationship with China in view of China’s maritime advancement and the deepening confrontation between the U.S. and China. The current Japanese Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Minister to the U.S. Kazutoshi Aikawa was appointed the new Japanese ambassador to Iran.