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Abe's gov't announces new cabinet lineup


08:24, December 27, 2012

Shinzo Abe walks into the prime minister's residence in Tokyo Dec. 26, 2012. Shinzo Abe, leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was elected as Japan's new prime minister in a special session of the Diet (parliament) on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

TOKYO, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Japan's new Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday announced members of a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just claimed the post in a special session of the Diet.

In the new cabinet, Former Prime Minister Taro Aso took posts of vice prime minister, financial minister and financial services minister, while former President of the Liberal Democratic Party Tanigaki Sadakazu served as the new justice minister.

Fumio Kishida took the post of foreign minister, while Itsunori Onodera became new defense minister.

Akihiro Ota, a member of the New Komeito Party, was appointed as the new land, infrastructure, transport and tourism minister and Hayashi Yoshimasa was new agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister.

Toshimitsu Motegi was nominated as the new economy, trade and industry minister and Hakubun Shimomura was education, culture, sports, science and technology minister.

Yoshitaka Shindo was internal affairs and communication minister while Norihisa Tamura became health, labor and welfare minister.

Akira Amari took the post of state minister for Japan's economic revitalization and Ichita Yamanoto was state minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs.

Nobuteru Ishihara became Japan's new environment and nuclear crisis minister.

Suga said the priority for the new government is to revive the country's economy.

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