From a very kind reader in comments, a Jiji press flash notice that Nagashima Akihisa has been named Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for security and foreign affairs (ja).
To say that Nagashima is well-known in American foreign policy circles is an understatement. He has spent so much time in Washington he might as well be given a green card.
Which has me thinking Noda will hand him the Futenma Marine Air Station move with a dry "Here. I do not have time for this. You figure it out. Good luck" sendoff.
Yes indeed: good luck, Nagashima-san.
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