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In rare move, Abe promotes secretary Imai to special adviser

  • September 11, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 01:52 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will appoint Takaya Imai, secretary to the prime minister in charge of political affairs, as his special adviser, the government said Wednesday.

It is unusual for a secretary to the prime minister to be promoted to the special adviser post.

By having Imai as a special adviser, Abe apparently aims to tackle key domestic and diplomatic issues at the initiative of the prime minister’s office.

Imai, hailing from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade, assumed the post of secretary in charge of political affairs when Abe returned to power in 2012.

He served as a secretary in charge of administrative affairs under Abe’s first administration in 2006-2007.

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