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The President today announced his intention to nominate Michael Hayden Armacost to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Japan. He would succeed Michael Mansfield.
Since 1984 Ambassador Armacost has been Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC. Prior to this he was Ambassador to the Philippines, 1982 - 1984. He has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, 1980 - 1981, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense for International Security Affairs, 1978 - 1980. He has served as senior staff member for East Asia for the National Security Council at the White House, 1977 - 1978; a member of the policy planning staff at the Department of State, 1974 - 1976; Special Assistant to Ambassador Robert Stephen Ingersoll in Tokyo, Japan, 1972 - 1974; and a member of the policy planning staff at the Department of State, 1969 - 1972.
Ambassador Armacost graduated from Carleton College (B.A., 1958) and Columbia University (M.A., 1961; Ph.D., 1965). He was born April 15, 1937, in Cleveland, OH. He is married, has three children, and resides in Bethesda, MD.