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NHK-Japan selects a new President

NHK’s Board of Governors has decided to appoint Mr Ryoichi Ueda, a former vice president of trading house Mitsubishi Corporation, as the next President of Japan’s public broadcaster. Mr Ueda is also one of the current NHK governors.

NHK’s top decision-making body unanimously agreed last Tuesday to choose Mr Ueda as the successor to Mr Katsuto Momii, whose 3-year term expires on 24 January 2017. Mr Ueda, 67, joined Mitsubishi Corporation after graduating from university. He later became the President of Mitsubishi International Corporation and also served as Chief Financial Officer and a Senior Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation.

In June of 2013, Mr Ueda became a full-time board governor of NHK and has served on its Audit Committee since the following month. Mr Ueda told reporters that as President he wants to play the role of trusted public broadcaster. His 3-year term starts on 25 January 2017.