Japan PM Shinzo Abe likely to retain key economic Cabinet members: Report

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2015.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking to reporters at his official residence in Tokyo on Sept 8, 2015. PHOTO: EPA

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely retain key Cabinet members involved in trying to revive the economy in a reshuffle next month, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday (Sept 9), citing senior officials.

Mr Abe on Tuesday won a rare second consecutive term as ruling party chief, and hence premier, pledging to focus on boosting the world's third-biggest economy.

He plans to visit the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly this month and is expected to make any changes to the Cabinet and ruling Liberal Democratic Party executives after returning to Japan on Oct 2, it said.

Finance Minister Taro Aso, Economy Minister Akira Amari and Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga are expected to retain their posts and Mr Amari might get another key post if the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks reach an agreement by the end of this month, the Nikkei said.

Mr Shigeru Ishiba, minister in charge of revitalising the economy and a potential rival to Mr Abe, is also likely to stay, other media said.