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After revamping LDP executive team, Abe to reshuffle Cabinet on Sept. 3

JIJI

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his Cabinet on Sept. 3 after revamping the executive team of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party the day before, government and ruling party sources said Sunday.

With the new lineups, Abe will address important policy challenges such as economic revitalization and security legislation.

Abe said previously that he will reshuffle his Cabinet in the first week of September.

He will carry out the personnel changes after holding talks with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sept. 1.

The current Abe Cabinet will resign en masse on Sept. 3, and the new Cabinet will be inaugurated within the day after an attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace, the sources said.

Abe will actively promote women to the Cabinet and LDP executive posts, according to the sources.

He plans to retain Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, and Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari, the trio who are the linchpin of the his government.

Regarding the LDP leadership, Abe, president of the party, is looking to change all three executives — Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba, General Council Chairman Seiko Noda and Policy Research Council Chairman Sanae Takaichi.

Abe hopes to appoint Ishiba to a newly created post of minister in charge of security legislation related to the Cabinet decision in July to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense.

It is still uncertain whether Ishiba will accept the new ministerial post, the sources said.