Abe plays it safe in reshuffle
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, beset by scandals and falling support, opted for safe, experienced hands over fresh faces in a cabinet reshuffle yesterday, but the changes may not boost his support to the extent he seeks.
Many ministers are being reappointed, or are taking up posts they have held before.
One of the few exceptions is new Foreign Minister Taro Kono, known for both his willingness to criticise the ruling party and a frankness unusual for a Japanese politician.
Abe also appointed policy veteran Toshimitsu Motegi as the new economy minister overseeing structural reforms, which are part of the premier’s “Abenomics” stimulus policies aimed at reviving the stagnant economy. Reuters