Abe Forms New Cabinet, Prioritizing Stability for Election


Tokyo, Oct. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his new cabinet on Tuesday, picking many new ministers from Liberal Democratic Party factions that supported his winning of a third straight and his final three-year term as the ruling party's president in an election last month.

Meanwhile, he retained key veteran ministers to keep the basic framework of his administration intact. An attestation ceremony for the new cabinet was held at the Imperial Palace in the afternoon.

By continuing an emphasis on the economy, Abe aims to complete his Abenomics economic policy mix that was launched after he returned as prime minister in December 2012 following his first, one-year tenure until September 2007, while highlighting the achievements of his administration ahead of the election in summer next year for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

Abe will also continue promoting summit diplomacy with the aim of realizing tangible results in longstanding issues, including the abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea decades ago and the territorial row with Russia over four northwestern Pacific islands known as the Northern Territories in Japan, sources familiar with the situation said.

Through the victory in the Sept. 20 LDP leadership election, Abe secured the continuation of his administration for up to three more years.

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