Shinichi Nishimiya, the newly appointed Japan ambassador to China who collapsed two days after being appointed to the job, has died aged 60 at the Tokyo Hospital.
Nishimiya was found collapsed on a street Thursday in Tokyo’s Shibuya district, and was placed under intensive care after surgery. Japanese authorities did not specify the nature of his treatment.
A career diplomat, Nishimiya graduated from the University of Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in law and joined Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1976.
Nishimiya served as a consul at the Japanese embassy in Beijing from 2005-2006, and has also worked at the Japanese embassies in Washington, Moscow and London. He also previously served as Japan’s deputy minister of foreign affairs.
Going forward, the Japanese government’s search for a new replacement may take up to two months.