TOKYO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may appoint Olympics minister Shunichi Suzuki as chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s decision-making General Council, sources familiar with the plan said Monday.
Suzuki took up the post of minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics for the second time in April after the gaffe-prone Yoshitaka Sakurada resigned. His father is former Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, who also headed the LDP’s General Council.
In a reshuffle of LDP executives on Wednesday, Toshihiro Nikai is expected to keep the ruling party’s No. 2 post of secretary general while Fumio Kishida will stay on as chairman of the Policy Research Council.
Abe also plans to reshuffle his Cabinet the same day.
After serving as Japan’s top negotiator in bilateral trade talks with the United States, economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi will likely replace Taro Kono as foreign minister. Kono is tipped to become defense minister, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
Abe is considering installing industry minister Hiroshige Seko in the post of secretary general of the LDP’s upper house caucus, the sources said.
Familiar faces such as Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso will likely keep their portfolios.