Nishimura Likely to Get Ministerial Post for 1st Time

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Tokyo, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura, 56, will likely be given a ministerial post for the first time, as part of a reshuffle of the cabinet and ruling party leadership to be carried out Wednesday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it was learned Monday.

The prime minister is also considering bringing Katsunobu Kato, 63, chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's General Council, back to the cabinet by assigning him to a key ministerial position, sources familiar with the matter said.

Shunichi Suzuki, 66, minister for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, is believed to be named to head the decision-making council of the party, according to the sources.

Abe is expected to appoint Foreign Minister Taro Kono, 56, as defense minister, and economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi, 63, as foreign minister.

Ahead of the end in September 2021 of his final term of office as LDP president, Abe aims to maintain unity of his administration by giving key ministerial portfolios to potential candidates for his successor, pundits said.

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