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March 31, 2003

Education Bureaucrat to be PM's English Spokesman

Yu Kameoka (42) is to become the first education ministry bureaucrat to take on the post of English spokesperson for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. The government established the post, officially called "coordinator for foreign public relations," in 1998. Weekly briefings are usually given to dispatch information on government policies and measures, mostly in English, to correspondents with non-Japanese affiliations. After joining the ministry in 1986, Kameoka worked for the Center for Educational Research and became a senior official at the Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau.

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