Abe Likely to Retain Kishida as LDP Policy Chief

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering retaining Fumio Kishida as chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council in a renewal of the ruling party's executive team seen to be carried out early next month following Abe's victory in the LDP leadership election Thursday, it was learned Saturday.

In addition, Abe is expected to keep economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko in their respective posts in a cabinet reshuffle also likely to be conducted in early October, sources in the Abe administration said.

The prime minister will visit New York from Sunday mainly to attend the U.N. General Assembly session and hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Abe, who is slated to return home on Friday, is expected to reshuffle the LDP executive team on Oct. 1 and his cabinet the following day, after the closely watched gubernatorial election in Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 30.

In the LDP election, Abe defeated his sole contender, former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, to win a third straight and his final three-year term as party president.

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