Trump eyes Hagerty for envoy to Japan

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William Hagerty

Jiji Press WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is considering nominating William Hagerty, director of presidential appointments in his transition team, as ambassador to Japan, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

A native of Tennessee, Hagerty lived in Japan for three years while working for Boston Consulting Group before he launched investment firm Hagerty Peterson & Co. in 1997.

Hagerty has built connections with mainstream Republican members, including by serving as a member of the White House staff during the administration of George H. W. Bush and joining former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential transition team in the 2012 presidential race.

For the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, Bobby Valentine, former manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines professional baseball team, and Jon Huntsman, former ambassador to China, have emerged as other possible candidates.Speech

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