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Japan PM Abe to reshuffle cabinet in early September

Published on Aug 1, 2014 3:45 PM
 
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting with members of the Japanese community in Santiago on July 30, 2014. Mr Abe said he plans to revamp his cabinet in early September for the first time since taking office, on the back of falling approval ratings. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he plans to revamp his cabinet in early September for the first time since taking office, on the back of falling approval ratings.

"I want to reshuffle the cabinet and review the line-up of party executives in the first week of September," he told Japanese reporters accompanying him on a tour of Latin America on Thursday.

Nearly 600 days have passed since Mr Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) swept back to power with an electoral landslide in December 2012, largely on a ticket to kickstart the long-lumbering economy.

"The LDP has talent in various areas. I will put the right people in the right places," Abe said, according to Japanese media reports from Santiago, Chile, the fourth leg of his five-nation tour.

 
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