Abe May Reshuffle Cabinet on Sept. 10

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may conduct a planned reshuffle of his cabinet and the leadership team of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 10, government and party sources said Friday.

The focus of the shake-up will be whether LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai will be retained and whether the party's rising star Shinjiro Koizumi, who now heads the LDP's health, labor and welfare division, will get a ministerial post for the first time.

Abe, also president of the party, met with LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Fumio Kishida at the prime minister's office on Friday. When asked by the press whether they talked about personnel issues, Kishida did not deny discussing such matters, saying, "We talked about many things."

The prime minister is considering making party leadership appointments on Sept. 10, after returning from Vladivostok, Russia, and reshuffling his cabinet later in the day, according to the sources.

The upcoming cabinet reshuffle will be themed around "a powerful lineup of stability and challenge," as the move will put the finishing touches to Abe's longtime rule of government. His third-straight and final three-year term as LDP president is set to end in September 2021.

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