TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet approved Wednesday the appointment of Masayoshi Hamada as senior vice minister of the Reconstruction Agency after his predecessor resigned over the misuse of a housing complex for lawmakers.The Cabinet also endorsed the selection of Jiro Akama as senior vice minister of the Cabinet Office after Mineyuki Fukuda left the post to join a new party launched by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike ahead of a general election next month.
Hamada, 60, is a third-term member of the House of Councillors. Both Hamada and his predecessor Hiroaki Nagasawa belong to the Komeito party, which forms the ruling coalition bloc with the Liberal Democratic Party.
Akama, a 49-year-old LDP member, is serving his third term in the House of Representatives and represents a single-seat district in Kanagawa Prefecture, west of Tokyo.