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Japan security specialist named military realignment liaison

Date Posted: 2011-06-09

A Japanese diplomat specializing in security issues with the U.S. Embassy will assume a new role overseeing the relocation of Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Okinawa, and the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

Ayako Kimura resigned her position at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo earlier this week in anticipation of her new role as counselor with the Japanese Defense Ministerís Secretariat. Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has told the media the 43-year-old Kimura will work on resolving the Futenma issue, while using her expertise and relationships to also strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Kimura is described as having a flexible approach to solving problems. The defense minister says Kimura has the extensive knowledge that will motivate his entire ministry staff.


A Japanese diplomat specializing in security issues with the U.S. Embassy will assume a new role overseeing the relocation of Futenma Marine Corps Air Station in Okinawa, and the realignment of U.S. forces in Japan.

Ayako Kimura resigned her position at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo earlier this week in anticipation of her new role as counselor with the Japanese Defense Ministerís Secretariat. Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa has told the media the 43-year-old Kimura will work on resolving the Futenma issue, while using her expertise and relationships to also strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Kimura is described as having a flexible approach to solving problems. The defense minister says Kimura has the extensive knowledge that will motivate his entire ministry staff.

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