Japan PM Abe finally reshuffles his cabinet to regain popularity
Source :NewsBharati   Date :03-Aug-2017

Tokyo, August 3: On Tuesday, Japan Prime minister Shinzo Abe formally announced of his cabinet reshuffle. The members of his cabinet many time got involved in various scandals. So the support level faced a steady decline. Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) faced historic defeat in Tokyo election. Hence to regain support level he reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday.

In this new cabinet, Abe gave priority to old faces. To regain popularity, he added party veterans in the Cabinet. He appointed veteran lawmaker Taro Kono as foreign minister and reinstated Itsunori Onodera as defense minister.

As it was expected, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has been reappointed. Since 2012, this is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle under Abe. Though Abe always promotes women empowerment, the number of female ministers fell to two from three. Current Defense Minister Fumio Kishida who is expected to succeed Abe may become chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council. 

Japan’s stock market initially shrugged off the changes, most of which were initially disclosed Wednesday.