Abe Says to Reshuffle Cabinet, LDP Executive Team in Sept.


Biarritz, France, Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday clarified his intention to reshuffle his cabinet and the leadership team of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in September.

"I want to create powerful lineups for realizing stability and taking on challenges," he said at a press conference held after the end on the day of a three-day summit of the Group of Seven major nations in Biarritz, southwestern France.

On members of the new cabinet and the LDP team, Abe, also president of the party, said, "We must attach importance to the continuation of politics and stability."

At the same time, he said, "It's also important for the cabinet to have new members and have them play active roles," indicating his plan to accept many first-timers for the cabinet.

Abe emphasized that his government will raise Japan's consumption tax from 8 pct to 10 pct in October as planned, noting that the tax rate increase is necessary for maintaining trust in the country. "We'll prepare all possible measures to prop up domestic consumption," he also said.

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