Ex-Japan PM Abe ally Hagiuda likely to be named chief cabinet secretary - Asahi

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Koichi Hagiuda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's presumptive next premier, Fumio Kishida, is lining up Koichi Hagiuda, a close ally of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as chief cabinet secretary in the new cabinet, the Asahi newspaper reported.

Hagiuda currently serves as education minister and was previously deputy chief cabinet secretary under Abe.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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