Japan PM reshuffles Cabinet

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Tokyo, Jan 14: In move to restore the country's tattered public finances, Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan has reshuffled his Cabinet on Friday, Jan 14. Naoto Kan, who has been facing difficulties to pass bills in Parliament, added six new faces to the Cabinet.

Japan media reported that the PM made changes in his third cabinet to appease the conservative opposition. The new move will help Naoto Kan to pass the bills to finance the 2011 budget.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, was replaced by Yukio Edano and the Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi was replaced. Also, PM appointed former finance minister Kaoru Yosano as his new fiscal policy minister.

The Trade minister Akihiro Ohata was replaced by Banri Kaieda. However, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Internal Affairs Minister Yoshihiro Katayama retained their positions.

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