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The new Cabinet lineup announced Tuesday shows where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is placing his emphasis, such as the North Korean abductions, education and various reforms, and he wants his closest allies working in those areas.

A typical example is his appointment of former Senior Vice Foreign Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki as chief Cabinet secretary, the post often called “the wife of the prime minister.” He will also be a minister in charge of abduction issues.

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