PIMCO has appointed a president for its Japan office. Makoto Takano, who joined PIMCO in October 2001 as an executive VP, assumed the role of president of PIMCO Japan, taking over the firm's Japanese business operations on April 1.

The position of PIMCO Japan president is newly created. Scott Roney, who oversaw PIMCO's operations in Japan, has returned to PIMCO's headquarters in Newport Beach, Calif., as a senior client relationship manager for some of PIMCO's larger clients, said Mark Porterfield, a spokesman for the firm.

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