Japan's Metoki elected UPU chief

Metoki Masahiko from Japan has been elected the new director general of the Universal Postal Union.

The vote was held in Cote d'Ivoire on Wednesday. In addition to Metoki, candidates from Belgium and Switzerland ran in the election.

Metoki, who is 62 and a senior executive officer of Japan Post, will become the UPU's head in January for a four-year term.

The UPU is a UN specialized agency headquartered in Switzerland. It has 192 member countries and regions and is in charge of creating rules for international mail and logistics.

Metoki joined Japan's former Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 1983. At Japan Post, he served as the head of its international business division and took other roles. At the UPU, he became the chair of the Postal Operations Council in 2012.

Metoki will be the first Japanese chief of a UN-related agency after Amano Yukiya died in 2019 during his term as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.