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Abe Eyes Large-Scale Cabinet Reshuffle

Abe Eyes Large-Scale Cabinet Reshuffle

   Tokyo, Aug. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking at a large-scale reshuffle of his cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party leadership team, probably in mid-September, to be better prepared to tackle key policy challenges including constitutional amendments, it was learned Saturday.
   The previous reshuffle, in October last year, featured the appointments of lawmakers who played major roles in Abe's election to a third term as LDP president in the previous month. This time, the prime minister hopes to put together lineups that will give the finishing touches to his longtime rule of the government, according to informed sources.
   "Many are expected be replaced (in the reshuffle)," a senior government official said.
   At a news conference on Aug. 6, Abe said he will take time and consider personnel affairs this summer. He went to his retreat in Yamanashi Prefecture, western of Tokyo, on Friday for about a week of vacation.
   In selecting a new cabinet and LDP executives, Abe is expected to give considerable thought to about two years left in his term as party leader and hence prime minister.

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