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Kishida mulls new LDP executive lineup and cabinet posts

All networks carried reports at noon that LDP President Kishida is making arrangements to appoint senior party officials as early as tomorrow and cabinet members early next week. NHK reported this afternoon that Kishida has decided to tap Amari Akira, head of the LDP Research Commission on the Tax System, as LDP secretary general. Fuji TV said Kishida is also mulling tapping Education Minister Hagiuda, a close aide to former Prime Minister Abe, to a key cabinet post. The networks also said the three other contenders in the LDP presidential race are likely to be given high-level positions, with Fuji TV saying that Takaichi may be given a key cabinet post while both Kono and Noda may be appointed to key party positions. Fuji TV said Kishida may appoint Justice Minister Kamikawa or former Defense Minister Onodera, both of whom belong to the Kishida faction, as chief cabinet secretary. Foreign Minister Motegi, who supported Kishida in the LDP leadership race, is also likely to be appointed to a key position. TBS said attention will be focused on the extent to which Kishida will be able to appoint young and middle-ranking lawmakers to senior LDP positions as well as cabinet posts to dispel the image that he is a “puppet” of Abe and Aso.

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