Embattled Japan PM picks new foreign minister

By REUTERS
March 9, 2011 12:06

 
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TOKYO - Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan promoted a junior cabinet minister to the top foreign affairs portfolio on Wednesday, handing him a long list of challenges including managing strained ties with neighbouring China.

State Foreign Secretary Takeaki Matsumoto will take over from pro-US security hawk Seiji Maehara, who abruptly quit on Sunday after admitting he had taken about $3,000 in donations from a Korean national.

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