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.