Gov't plans to appoint ex-Toshiba head Nishimuro as Japan Post pres.

The government is considering appointing Taizo Nishimuro, a former head of Toshiba Corp., as Japan Post Holdings Co. president, replacing Atsuo Saka, a source familiar with the situation said Friday.

Saka, a former Finance Ministry official, is expected to step down in June after a shareholders meeting, the source said.

Saka was promoted to the top post in December from vice president of the postal giant, just days before the formation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and other members of the government have voiced dissatisfaction with Saka serving as head of Japan Post, concerned at the presidency being filled by a former Finance Ministry official for the second time in a row.