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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe kept close allies in key Cabinet posts in a reshuffle Wednesday that attempts to maintain stability in economic management and diplomacy as he leads the ruling coalition into an Upper House election next summer.

Abe retained nine Cabinet members, including Finance Minister Taro Aso, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Akira Amari, minister of economic and fiscal policy, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced Wednesday. Abe also appointed 10 new Cabinet members.

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