Japanese PM unlikely reshuffles cabinet following Sunday's election: official

20:58, July 12, 2010      

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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is unlikely to shake up his Cabinet at least until September, when the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will hold a leadership election, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku said Monday.

The DPJ-led ruling coalition lost an overall majority in the upper house in the Sunday election, although it will remain in power as it still controls the more powerful lower house.

Kan himself also dismissed the opposition parties' call of dissolving the lower house for a snap election, saying he had no plans to do so.

"I am not even thinking about it," Kan told reporters, adding that he will try to work more closely with opposition parties to implement necessary policies.

Sengoku also said Justice Minister Keiko Chiba, who lost her Diet seat in the upper house election on Sunday, is expected to retain her post until the possible reshuffle.

The DPJ swept to power after last September's lower house election, overthrowing the Liberal Democratic Party, which had ruled Japan almost uninterruptedly for about half a century.

Source: Xinhua


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