Today’s Sankei wrote in a speculative piece that Prime Minister Abe may replace Foreign Minister Kono with Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Motegi when he shuffles his cabinet lineup on Sept. 11. The premier is reportedly inclined to retain Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and Finance Minister Aso since the two politicians are regarded as the “central pillars” of his cabinet. The daily added that the fate of LDP Secretary General Nikai is the focus of attention among LDP lawmakers.
The daily separately reported on Saturday that LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Kishida is actively seeking appointment to the position of secretary general when Abe reshuffles the cabinet and the LDP leadership next week. Kishida reportedly met with Abe at the Kantei on Friday.