U.S. Ambassador Hagerty to Resign and Run for Senate

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

By Khaldon Azhari
Tokyo/ PanOrient News/ U.S. Ambassador to Japan William F. Hagerty IV is in the process of resigning as Ambassador to Japan, which he plans to do later this month, the American Embassy in Tokyo said in a press release today. Joseph M. Young will assume duties as the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires ad interim upon Ambassador Hagerty’s departure.

The statement said that "Ambassador Hagerty is honored to have represented the President and the American people in his work to advance the U.S.-Japan Alliance, the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Pacific.”

Hagerty was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Japan on July 27, 2017 and will have served approximately two years.

Media reports in Tokyo said recently that Ambassador Hagerty will run for the Tennessee Senate in 2020, according to a Twitter message by President Donald Trump on Friday, July 12. The president gave Hagerty his strong endorsement.

A Tennessee native who founded a private equity firm, Hagerty Peterson, and spent several years in Japan with the management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group, Hagerty later served in the White House under former President George H.W. Bush.

Photo: Hagerty promoting Nashville country music at a recent event at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. For more details, see the link below:

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