On Sept. 16, the government decided to appoint seven executive secretaries to the prime minister, an increase of one from the traditional number of six. To enhance measures to address COVID-19, Hitoshi Kanuma, who hails from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, was newly appointed.
Four men who served as executive secretaries to the chief cabinet secretary will now serve as executive secretaries to the prime minister: Takashi Kadomatsu (from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), Tsuyoshi Endo (National Police Agency), Yo Takaba (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and Genichi Osawa (Ministry of Finance).
Kazuo Masuda, who hails from the Defense Ministry and was an executive secretary to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will remain in his post. Shobun Nitta, who was executive secretary to the chief cabinet secretary in charge of parliamentary affairs, will serve as executive secretary to the prime minister in charge of parliamentary affairs.