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Abe chooses September 3 for Cabinet reshuffle

Publication Date : 18-08-2014

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to reshuffle his Cabinet on September 3, marking the first shake-up since the launch of his second administration in late 2012, government sources said.

On September 2, Abe, who is also the Liberal Democratic Party president, hopes to reshuffle the party’s top cadre in tandem with his planned Cabinet reshuffle, the sources said Saturday.

The prime minister intends to replace all top three LDP officials—Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba, Policy Research Council Chairwoman Sanae Takaichi and General Council Chairwoman Seiko Noda. However, Abe is considering giving Takaichi a portfolio in his reformed Cabinet.

Abe had said he would reshuffle his Cabinet in the first week of September. Talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were set for September 1. The decision on the timetable for the Japan-India summit meeting prompted Abe to decide on a Cabinet reshuffle on September 3 after considering the schedule of the Emperor, who will attend an attestation ceremony for new members of the Cabinet.

On September 3, the headquarters of forming a Cabinet will be set up in the morning and the new Cabinet will be launched by night via an attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace.

Abe plans a major reshuffle of the Cabinet by replacing at least 10 of his 18 ministers, according to sources.

Three key Cabinet ministers are expected to remain in their current places—Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Akira Amari, minister in charge of economic revitalization. They are key members of Abe’s government administration.

Abe intends to appoint Ishiba to a new ministerial post in charge of national security legislation. However, Ishiba could refuse to accept the position.

 

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