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Foreign Minister Kishida to remain in his post after cabinet reshuffle

  • July 21, 2017
  • , Asahi
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Asahi front-paged the disclosure by several GOJ sources that Prime Minister Abe intends to keep Foreign Minister Kishida in his post when he reshuffles the cabinet on Aug. 3 based on the belief that if Kishida were allowed to leave the cabinet, he might garner strong support from LDP lawmakers as a viable alternative to the premier. Abe asked the foreign minister to stay on at a dinner last night. The article claimed although Kishida had wanted to leave the cabinet to start preparing for the LDP race in the fall of 2018, he chose to heed the premier’s request to stay on so that Abe will not steer clear of tapping Kishida faction members as cabinet ministers.  

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