The lineup of the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership and the Cabinet under new Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda testifies to Mr. Fukuda’s eagerness to create a whole-party setup that can overcome the offensive from the opposition forces, which now control the Upper House.

Mr. Fukuda appointed leaders of four of the eight factions that supported him in the LDP presidential election to the LDP’s top four posts and the leaders of two other factions that also supported him to two Cabinet posts.

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