Japan`s Abe reshuffles cabinet to boost support

Baku, August 3, AZERTAC 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffled his cabinet Thursday in an attempt to regain public support hurt by a series of scandals including allegations against him, appointing veteran lawmaker Taro Kono as foreign minister and reinstating Itsunori Onodera as defense minister, according to Japan Today.

The new lineup of the cabinet contains some old faces including Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman, apparently mirroring Abe's hope for stable policy management.

As a result, the new cabinet consists of 13 members with current or previous ministerial experience, and just six newcomers, with few surprise appointments.

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