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Suga plans to change LDP leadership lineup on Sept. 6 

All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Suga conveyed to LDP Secretary General Nikai on Thursday his intention to run in the LDP presidential election slated for Sept. 29 and change the LDP leadership lineup on Sept. 6. Nikkei wrote that Suga is not planning to reshuffle the Cabinet but will appoint new members to posts that will be vacated by those who shift to party leadership positions. The paper quoted a senior GOJ official as saying the ministers in charge of COVID-19 measures probably won’t be replaced. Yomiuri and Sankei speculated that Suga is considering appointing Regulatory Reform Minister Kono, Environment Minister Koizumi, and former LDP Secretary General Ishiba to senior LDP positions. 

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