Abe to Retain LDP Sec.-Gen. Nikai, Policy Head Kishida

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seen keeping Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai in the post when he reshuffles the cabinet and the LDP leadership team Sept. 11, sources said Wednesday.

Abe, president of the ruling party, also plans to retain former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida as chairman of the LDP Policy Research Council.

Prioritizing the stability of his administration, Japan's longest-serving postwar prime minister is expected to reappoint Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who both have stayed in the cabinet since Abe returned to power in December 2012.

Meeting at the LDP headquarters Tuesday, Abe and Nikai are believed to have exchanged views on the planned reshuffle. After the meeting, Nikai told reporters that he "has no particular interest" in whether he is retained or not.

Since taking the secretary-general post in August 2016, Nikai has consistently supported the Abe administration. Nikai led efforts to revise LDP rules to allow Abe to serve a third successive three-year term as party leader from September 2018.

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