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Koizumi Ready for Cabinet Role, Qualified to Succeed Abe: Suga

Koizumi Ready for Cabinet Role, Qualified to Succeed Abe: Suga

   Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Young Japanese ruling party politician Shinjiro Koizumi is ready to become a cabinet minister and is qualified to run as a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.
   Speaking with Koizumi, 38, in an interview to be published Saturday on the monthly magazine Bungei Shunju, Suga, 70, said that Koizumi is fit to get a ministerial post in a cabinet shuffle expected in mid-September.
   To the question, "Is Koizumi ready to become a cabinet minister" from the interviewer, Suga replied, "I think he is." Both are members of the Liberal Democratic Party.
   Koizumi has repeatedly shown a cautious stance on the prospect. Suga did not mention a suitable cabinet post for Koizumi, and the young lawmaker himself did not discuss the matter.
   The interviewer also asked Suga whether Koizumi is qualified to run in a party presidential election. Abe's term of office as LDP president ends in September 2021.

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