• Kyodo News


Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Cabinet approved the rest of his government’s lineup Tuesday, naming two new senior vice ministers and two special advisers to the prime minister.

Katsuya Ogawa, a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, became senior vice defense minister, succeeding Jun Azumi, who had been tapped as the ruling party’s Diet affairs chief.

Kohei Otsuka, also a DPJ lawmaker, became senior vice minister of health, labor and welfare. His predecessor, Osamu Fujimura, will become the party’s acting secretary general.

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