Abe plays it safe in reshuf­fle

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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

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