Trump to choose businessman William Hagerty as US ambassador to Japan: Source

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on Dec 28, 2016.
President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach on Dec 28, 2016. PHOTO: NYTIMES

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President-elect Donald Trump plans to pick businessman William Hagerty as the next US ambassador to Japan, an adviser to Mr Trump's transition team told Reuters on Wednesday (Jan 4).

Japan's Nikkei news service reported that Mr Trump would announce the choice of Mr Hagerty, who is the director of presidential appointments in Mr Trump's transition team, soon. The adviser who spoke to Reuters confirmed the Nikkei report. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr Hagerty is a Tennessee native who founded a private equity firm, Hagerty Peterson. He spent several years in Japan with the Boston Consulting Group management consultancy and also served in the White House of former President George H. W. Bush.