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Japan's new representative to Taiwan set for July arrival

TAIPEI -- Japan's new representative to Taiwan is set to formally take up his new post in July, according to Japan's Interchange Association.

Mikio Numata is expected to arrive in Taiwan late next month, said the association, which represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

Numata will succeed Sumio Tarui, who has been posted in Taiwan since 2012, as the head of the association's Taipei office when the latter returns to Japan in mid-July, the association said.

The 64-year-old Numata has served as ambassador to Myanmar and has been posted at Japan's consulate general in Hong Kong. He is regarded as familiar with cross-Taiwan Strait affairs and is expected to further strengthen Japan's ties with Taiwan.

The association called the new appointment a normal personnel rotation, downplaying media speculation that the change was related to the recent row over publicity materials that omitted the word “national” from the name of the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei.

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