Japanese Prime Minister Kishida will replace Defense Minister Kishi – Yomiuri on Wednesday
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will replace Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi on Wednesday due to his health in the upcoming Cabinet and party leadership reshuffle, the Yomiuri daily reported on Saturday. Kishida moved the reshuffle, originally scheduled for early September, after a key memorial service for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was fatally shot last month, earlier to solidify leadership following a national COVID resurgence -19 and the escalation of the situation in Taiwan, the newspaper said.
The reshuffle would come after Kishida’s conservative coalition government boosted its majority in the upper house of parliament in a July election held two days after Abe’s death. Kishi, 63, younger brother of the late Abe, has served as defense minister since September 2020.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno in the Cabinet, as well as Liberal Democratic Party Vice Chairman Taro Aso and General Secretary Toshimitsu Motegi are likely to remain in their posts, Yomiuri also reported. .
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