Abe's Cabinet Spot for Koizumi May Mean Containment

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)--Highly popular Japanese politician Shinjiro Koizumi was given his first ministerial post in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, possibly reflecting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's strategy of putting him in the cabinet to prevent any challenge from him.

Through Koizumi's appointment as environment minister, Abe apparently aims to shore up public support for his administration while "fostering" Koizumi as a future prime minister candidate.

Koizumi, a son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, has been in the spotlight since he was first elected to the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, in August 2009, when he was 28 years old.

Like his father, the young lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is popular for his clear-cut speaking style. During election campaigns in recent years, he has toured all over Japan to give speeches for LDP candidates.

In the LDP leadership elections in 2012 and 2018, Koizumi voted for former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, who challenged Abe.

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