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BIDEN TO TAP RAHM EMANUEL AS AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN

President Joe Biden is expected to nominate former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as the US ambassador to Japan, according to a person familiar with the president's decision, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

The person, who was not authorized to comment publicly about the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, said the White House plans to announce Emanuel's nomination later this month.


Emanuel is a former three-term congressman who served as Barack Obama's first White House chief of staff and was a senior adviser in Bill Clinton's administration.


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Biden had considered naming Emanuel to serve as his transportation secretary but ultimately passed him over in the face of fierce opposition from some in the liberal wing of the Democratic Party and liberal activists, Mainichi Shimbun also reported in Tokyo.


The White House declined to comment and stressed no nomination is final until formally announced.


In selecting Emanuel to serve as his chief envoy to Japan, Biden will reward an informal adviser to his campaign and a significant force in Democratic Party politics for much of the last three decades with one of the highest-profile ambassadorial roles, Kyodo News and Yomiuri Shimbun also reported.



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