Japanese PM revamps Cabinet lineup slightly

09:26, June 28, 2011      

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Ryu Matsumoto, the Minister in charge of reconstruction from the March disasters answers questions of the press at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo, Japan, June 27, 2011. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday revamped his Cabinet lineup slightly, appointing 60-year-old Ryu Matsumoto as the Minister in charge of reconstruction from the March disasters. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Monday revamped his Cabinet lineup slightly, naming Goshi Hosono, his special adviser, as state minister in charge of dealing with the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

Hosono, 39, has played a major role in liaising between the government and the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., since the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl was triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Kan also officially appointed 60-year-old Ryu Matsumoto as the minister in charge of reconstruction from the March disasters.

Matsumoto's position of environment minister will be concurrently filled by Justice Minister Satsuki Eda, 70.

Matsumoto has been in charge of programs to remove debris and to deliver aid to tens of thousands of people living at evacuation shelters in the disaster-hit areas. Local media said the new position will enable him to ensure continuity in his programs.

Kan recruited an upper house lawmaker from the country's biggest opposition party, the Liberal Democratic Party, to serve as parliamentary secretary for reconstruction.

The March 11 disaster has left nearly 23,000 people dead or missing in northeast Honshu.

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