• Kyodo, Staff Report


One of the newly appointed ministers in Wednesday’s Cabinet reshuffle has apparently holstered his criticism of the government’s nuclear policy, potentially exposing him to the charge that he traded his belief in exchange for a prestigious post.

Taro Kono, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who was named chairman of the National Public Safety Commission and minister in charge of administrative reform and disaster management, has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s nuclear policy.

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