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.