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(Update) Koizumi to Get 1st Cabinet Post

(Update) Koizumi to Get 1st Cabinet Post

   Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to give the post of environment minister to Shinjiro Koizumi, a 38-year-old rising star of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in a cabinet reshuffle set for Wednesday, informed sources said Tuesday.
   While maintaining key members in his administration, Abe is set to drastically change others to form a cabinet which he claims to provide political stability while tackling challenges, the sources said.
   A total of 13 people, including Koizumi, will become cabinet ministers for the first time, a record while Abe was in power.
   Koizumi is the second son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Elected to the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, four times, he is regarded as a potential candidate to succeed Abe.
   He made headlines in August by announcing his marriage to freelance television anchor Christel Takigawa, who is widely known for the catchphrase "omotenashi," or hospitality in Japanese, that she used during her 2013 presentation for Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

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