Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi is set to map out her plan on ministry reform in August, but she faces a tough job satisfying a weary public and proposals from diverse circles on how to put the scandal-tainted ministry on track.

Kawaguchi is also likely to face stiff resistance from ministry officials who, during a standoff with her predecessor, Makiko Tanaka, were often criticized for prioritizing their own bureaucratic interests.

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