WASHINGTON (Kyodo) — Raymond Greene assumed duties as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy Tokyo on July 17. Greene, a seasoned Japan hand, announced this on his Twitter account on July 20. He will serve as the Embassy’s top diplomat until the new ambassador to be nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden arrives at post. President Biden is expected to nominate former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the position.
“I am excited to resume my life-long work to promote the Japan-U.S. Alliance,” Greene tweeted in Japanese. He has served as deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and U.S. consul general in Okinawa in the past.
Since the previous ambassador, William Hagerty, left post in July 2019, the U.S. ambassadorship to Japan has been vacant. Joseph Young served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim for almost two years before leaving Japan in June.