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Motegi likely to be tapped as foreign minister

  • September 4, 2019
  • , Asahi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Yomiuri front-paged a story on the cabinet reshuffle that Prime Minister Abe plans to carry out on Sept. 11, forecasting that the prime minister is leaning toward appointing Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Motegi as foreign minister. However, as Abe is highly appreciative of the U.S.-Japan trade deal that Motegi worked out with USTR Lighthizer last month, the cabinet minister will reportedly be tasked with wrapping up the bilateral trade negotiations after he takes up the diplomatic portfolio. 


Asahi and Nikkei claimed that Abe is likely to keep LDP Secretary General Nikai in his current post based on the assessment that the veteran lawmaker’s political ability is indispensable for the stable management of the relationship between the Kantei and the ruling party. 

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