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Abe's brother to further defence goals set out by former PM

Japan's new defence chief Nobuo Kishi shares the same ideological vision as his brother Shinzo Abe, and as such, analysts said, was likely appointed to further the former prime minister's goals.

The choice of Mr Kishi, 61, caught many analysts by surprise, coming after years of him serving in junior positions - although that might have been a conscious decision on the part of Mr Abe to avoid any hint of nepotism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 19, 2020, with the headline 'Abe's brother to further defence goals set out by former PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe