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Kawano to be appointed as MSDF Chief of Staff


Kawano to be appointed as MSDF Chief of StaffThe Cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the appointment Friday of Vice Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, commander-in-chief of the Self-Defense Fleet, as Maritime Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff to replace Adm. Masahiko Sugimoto.  

Kawano, 57, joined the MSDF in 1977 after graduating from the National Defense Academy of Japan.  

The appointment will formally go forth on July 26.

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