Abe's New Cabinet Starts Work amid Chiba Power Crisis

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Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet started work in earnest Thursday, as a typhoon-caused major power outage continues in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

On the day, Ryota Takeda, new minister for disaster management, paid a visit to Chiba, where many areas still remain without power after Typhoon Faxai hit the Kanto eastern region Monday.

Meanwhile, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi will visit Fukushima Prefecture in the afternoon to have talks with Governor Masao Uchibori on accelerating decontamination work following the country's worst nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 power plant in the northeastern prefecture in 2011.

"Supporting reconstruction in Fukushima is also an important job of the Environment Ministry," Koizumi said during a meeting with his predecessor, Yoshiaki Harada, at the ministry in the morning.

Speaking to reporters at the prime minister's office, Abe mentioned the business trips by Takeda and Koizumi, who both joined the cabinet for the first time.

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