Nashville businessman picked for ambassador to Japan


Businessman Bill Hagerty of Nashville is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be the U.S. ambassador to Japan, according to a source close to the Trump transition team.

The appointment would bring Hagerty — a private equity investor who has held a key position in Trump’s transition — to a country where he has strong ties, having lived and worked there in the past.

Hagerty, 57, served as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development under Republican Gov. Bill Haslam from 2011 to 2014. In that time, he helped orchestrate multiple business deals between the state and Japanese companies including Bridgestone Americas, Calsonic Kansei North America Inc. and Nissan North America.

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

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