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Mitoji Yabunaka in 2005
|Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs|
|Preceded by||Tsuneo Nishida|
|Director-General of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau|
|Preceded by||Hitoshi Tanaka|
Mitoji Yabunaka(薮中 三十二Yabunaka Mitoji, born January 23, 1948) is the current Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in charge of administration. Prior to his current position, Yabunaka served as Ministry of Foreign Affair's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Director-General. He has been a diplomat for nearly forty years.
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