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Internal affairs minister Seiko Noda hinted on Saturday that she will not be retained in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a reshuffle set for Tuesday.

“I was told by bureaucrats that an emergency meeting may be held at the Prime Minister’s Office (in response to the approach of Typhoon Trami), so I have to cut short this meeting and go back to Tokyo for my last service,” Noda said in a speech at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s chapter in Gifu Prefecture.

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