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Abe to replace numerous ministers in cabinet reshuffle

  • September 8, 2019
  • , Sankei
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Sankei speculated in a front-page item on Saturday that when Prime Minister Abe reshuffles his cabinet lineup on Wednesday, he will probably replace all ministers except Finance Minister Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga. Former Olympic speed-skater Seiko Hashimoto of the LDP will probably be given a cabinet portfolio in charge of the Tokyo Olympics. Minister of Land and Transport Ishii from Komeito party might be replaced by Kazuyoshi Akaba of the same party.

 

In a follow-up report, Sankei claimed in its lead item on Sunday that Abe is inclined to appoint Foreign Minister Kono as defense minister, explaining that the premier appreciates the top diplomat’s hard line toward South Korea and strong connections with his foreign counterparts, including Secretary Pompeo. Meanwhile, Nikkei conjectured in a front-page story on Sunday that LDP General Council Chairman Kato may be tapped as trade minister

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