Old hands dominate Japan's governing hierarchy

World | 16 Sep 2020 2:25 pm

Veteran politicians who have served as ministers, will serve in the new Japanese cabinet, NHK reports.

The appointees apparently reflect Suga Yoshihide's intention to continue Shinzo Abe's policies by keeping familiar faces on board.

Taro Aso will remain as deputy prime Minister and finance minister. He has been in the position since 2012.

Suga picked health minister Katsunobu Kato, one of his close aides, as chief cabinet secretary.

Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, will stay in that role.

Former State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nobuo Kishi, will be defense Minister. Kishi is Abe's younger brother.

Defense Minister Taro Kono, will serve as administrative reform minister. Suga has pledged to promote cooperation among ministries and agencies and create a more efficient government.

Takuya Hirai will deal with digitalization of the government... another priority advocated by Suga.

Yasutoshi Nishimura will continue to work for the revitalization of the economy hit hard by the coronavirus.

Seiko Hashimoto will also retain her post as minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which have been postponed to next year.




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