Japanese Prime Minister Abe reshuffles cabinet, aims to boost public support

Vastavam web: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet with the hefty revamp aimed at boosting public support while retaining the services of his allies holding similar political views in key ministerial and executive positions. The reshuffle, which followed a revamp of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) executive lineup earlier Monday, has seen 17 of Abe’s 19 cabinet ministers either replaced or reassigned within the government, with as many as 13 new ministers being introduced, reported Xinhua news.

Finance Minister Taro Aso, who doubles as deputy prime Minister, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have retained their positions, as they have served as particularly close allies of Abe in their respective posts, held since Abe returned to power in 2012.

In a move aimed at increasing public support for the party, 38-year-old Shinjiro Koizumi, son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who is believed by some media outlets to be in the running for the top post in the future and is a hit with the public, was given a cabinet position and will take up the environment minister portfolio in his first role as a minister. Advertise With Us In other moves aimed at shoring up support among his administration Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the LDP was named Education Minister.