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Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi requested Monday that the party’s policy chief, Keiichi Ishii, replace veteran Komeito lawmaker Akihiro Ota as transport minister in Wednesday’s Cabinet reshuffle, sources said.

Yamaguchi made the request in a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the sources said. After speaking with Abe, however, Yamaguchi said that he would “leave personnel affairs to the prime minister.”

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