Abe to Reshuffle Cabinet on Sept. 11


Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he will reshuffle his cabinet and the leadership team of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 11.

"I will carry out a personnel reshuffle to create a powerful lineup for providing stability and tackling challenges," Abe said at a meeting of LDP executives.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai expressed his hopes for the party to come together to make an effort for a smooth management of state affairs and to answer to the people's expectations.

Abe is expected to retain in his cabinet Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who have supported him since the prime minister returned to power in late 2012.

Economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi, in charge of bilateral trade negotiations with the United States, which have resulted in a broad agreement, is rumored to fill an important ministerial post, such as the foreign minister.

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