Abe may reshuffle cabinet, LDP leadership in early August

(From The Mainichi)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering reshuffling his Cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s leadership in early August, sources close to the prime minister said.

Japan National Diet building

Japan National Diet building

Abe will speed up the implementation of his “Abenomics” economic policy mix on the grounds that the public has approved it by giving the ruling coalition a majority of contested seats in the July 10 House of Councillors election.

The prime minister is considering carrying out a Cabinet reshuffle shortly after the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Aug. 1, as ministries and agencies are set to make budgetary requests for fiscal 2017 in late August and Abe has a busy diplomatic schedule in early September. Moreover, the government needs to work out economic stimulus measures at an early date.

At a news conference on July 11, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the prime minister will retain Justice Minister Mitsuhide Iwaki and Aiko Shimajiri, state minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, who lost their seats in the election, until the Cabinet reshuffle.

“I’d like them to fulfill their responsibility as Cabinet ministers,” Suga told the news conference. “Prime Minister Abe also thinks the same way.” Read more

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