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Most ministers to be replaced in Japan's Cabinet reshuffle
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15:17, August 27, 2007

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Japan's foreign, defense, finance, health and other ministers as well as the Chief Cabinet Secretary will be replaced at a Cabinet reshuffle Monday, local media reported.

Nobutaka Machimura will be appointed as Japan's new foreign minister while Masahiko Komura will take the post of defense chief after a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, local TV and news agencies said, quoting officials of the Liberal Democratic Party as sources.

Kaoru Yosano will be the Chief Cabinet Secretary to replace Yasuhisa Shiozaki, while former defense head Fukushiro Nukaga will be new finance minister. The new health and welfare minister will be Yoichi Masuzoe, a former political commentator, the sources said.

According to public broadcaster NHK, the three ministers of internal affairs, justice and environment will also be replaced.

Tetsuzo Fuyushiba, the only member from the ruling coalition New Komeito Party, is to remain as land, infrastructure and transport minister. Current economy, trade and industry minister Akira Amari, education minister Bunmei Ibuki as well as State Minister in Charge of Economic and Fiscal Policy Hiroko Ota will stay at their posts.

Abe convened a meeting of outgoing ministers in the afternoon, where they submitted their resignations. Official announcement and ceremony of the new Cabinet will be conducted later in the day.

On Monday morning, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed Foreign Minister Taro Aso as secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He also named Toshihiro Nikai, as chairman of the General Council and Nobuteru Ishihara, as chairman of the Policy Research Council.

The party leadership revamping and a Cabinet reshuffle are both seen as the premier's efforts to regain public trust following his ruling party's failure to retain majority in the House of Councillors in July's election.

Source: Xinhua

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