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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Kenneth R. Weinstein, of the District of Columbia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Japan.

Kenneth R. Weinstein is President and CEO of Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., where he has held various positions since 1999.  Mr. Weinstein is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, whose entities include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and Middle East Broadcasting.  Mr. Weinstein also serves on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, which provides counsel to the United States Trade Representative.  Mr. Weinstein is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute Prague, a member of the Board of Directors of ELNET–France and serves on the Advisory Board of the Forum for Jewish Leadership. Earlier in his career, he was Deputy Director and Director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Shalem Center; Director of the Government Reform Project at the Heritage Foundation; and Director of Policy for the New Citizenship Project.  Mr. Weinstein received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, an M.Phil. from Sciences Po (Paris), and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Mr. Weinstein speaks fluent French and German.