Japan’s New Prime Minister Retains Defense, Education Minister – Report


TOKYO, Oct. 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s future Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will keep current Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and current Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda in his cabinet, Mainichi newspaper reported.

Kishi, 62, and Hagiuda, 58, both belong to the Hosoda faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, closely related to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kishida, a former foreign minister and leader of the Kishida faction, won the LDP leadership election on Wednesday and is expected to be officially elected prime minister if parliament sits on Monday and announces a cabinet reshuffle on the same day. Continue reading

Among other key appointments, current Finance Minister Taro Aso’s brother-in-law Shunichi Suzuki will replace him, according to the daily Yomiuri. The little-known Suzuki is a former Olympic Minister and son of former Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki and belongs to the Aso LDP faction. Continue reading

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will keep his post while Hirokazu Matsuno, who served as Minister of Education under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is expected to become chief cabinet secretary, media reported. Matsuno is also a member of the Hosoda faction.

Reporting by Kevin Buckland; Editing by Jane Wardell

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