Abe reshuffles Cabinet

 Shinzo Abe is shifting most of the posts, bringing in 13 fresh faces.

This is the first shakeup since July’s Upper House election. The vote saw the ruling coalition lose seats, but maintain a healthy majority.

Toshimitsu Motegi will be Japan’s new foreign minister.
He’s already made a name for himself in international circles as the top negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a Japan-US trade deal.

He is taking over from Taro Kono. In turn, Kono is becoming the new defense minister.

Abe is keeping in place two cabinet heavyweights. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will retain the portfolios they’ve held since Abe returned to power in 2012.

New to the cabinet is Shinjiro Koizumi, who will take over as environment minister.
He’s a rising star in the LDP and a son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
At age 38, he will be the third youngest minister in post-war history.

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