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    US State Dept. Looks Forward to Working With Hagerty as New Envoy to Japan

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    The US Department of State welcomes the confirmation of businessman William Hagerty as the new ambassador to Japan, according to White House spokesperson Heather Nauert.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Department of State welcomes the confirmation of businessman William Hagerty as the new ambassador to Japan, spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing on Thursday.

    "We look forward to having him represent the United States in Japan," Nauert told reporters. "He spent good deal of time over there. I know he is steeped in the issues."

    Earlier on Thursday, the US Senate approved Hagerty's nomination in a 86-12 vote.

    Hagerty has been serving as the managing director of the private equity investment firm Hagerty Peterson & Company.

    President Donald Trump nominated Hagerty for the post ambassador to Japan on March 27.

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