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Japan turns to Abe's brother to further defence goals

Newly appointed Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi (right) is former PM Shinzo Abe's blood brother.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TOKYO - Japan's new defence chief, Mr 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 his 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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