Abe eyes cabinet reshuffle in September

TOKYO —

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to reshuffle his cabinet sometime in the first week of September, according to Japanese media reports. It will be the first major cabinet reshuffle since Abe swept to power in December 2012.

Abe has said he intends to create two new cabinet posts—one to handle policies to rejuvenate regional economies and one to oversee constitutional reforms to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, NHK reported.

Currently, there are 18 cabinet posts. Abe is expected to reshuffle about half.

Media commentators have been speculating that Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba may be shifted, but Abe gave no hints before he left for Latin America on Friday.

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    Strangerland

    If we're lucky, he'll shuffle himself out of office.

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    toshiko

    Media commentators have been speculating that Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba may be shifted, but Abe gave no hints before he left for Latin America on Friday.

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    Well, Abe does not have a big mouth that we will not know what is his plan until he comes back. Maybe a big surprise.

    Maybe at least 30% of women Ministers? 30 % goal he wanted in private sector. Shifting so media speculated Suga and Ishiba will be replaced by capable female lawmakewrs or PM Aides?

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    japan4life

    Would be nice to see Abe, Suga and Ishiba shuffling in the unemployment line after the next election.

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    toshiko

    Abe does not have a big mouth that we don't know what his plan is until he comes back. It will be nice if he appoint non-politicians for one or two ministers if he can find such people. Abe has been visiting oil rich countries. I wonder if he is going to continue nuclear energy dependency or oil for energy. I guess we have to wait.

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