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Japanese premier Abe to reshuffle Cabinet on Sept 3

Published on Aug 17, 2014 9:04 PM
 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) walks past Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (C) after his speech during an annual memorial service for war victims in Tokyo on Aug 15, when the country marked the 69th anniversary of its surrender in World War II. Mr Abe plans to reshuffle his Cabinet on Sept 3 in the first shake-up of his administration since late 2012, government sources said. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (YOMUIRI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to reshuffle his Cabinet on Sept 3, marking the first shake-up since the inauguration of his second administration in late 2012, government sources said.

Mr Abe, who also heads the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), also plans to reshuffle the party's top echelon on Sept 2 in tandem with the Cabinet overhaul, the sources said on Saturday.

Changes to the Cabinet will be sweeping, with at least 10 of 18 ministers expected to be replaced, the sources said.

However, three key Cabinet ministers are expected to remain in their current roles: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Mr Akira Amari, minister in charge of economic revitalisation.

 
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