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In reshuffling his Cabinet on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed to achieve two contradictory goals: creating both a stable team with experienced managers and a fresh image with new ones.

Abe suffered from a string of scandals that erupted around individuals he picked as ministers the last time he reshuffled his Cabinet, a year ago. This time he retained nine individuals and appointed ten. Nine of them are serving for the first time.

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