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11 September 2019

Japanese Prime Minister picks new foreign, defence ministers in reshuffle

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has brought in new foreign and defence ministers, and appointed a rising political star as environment minister in a cabinet reshuffle that has fuelled speculation about his successor.

Abe named Toshimitsu Motegi as the new Foreign Minister, replacing Kono Taro, who moved to the defence portfolio.

The telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, the thirty eight-year-old son of much-loved former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, was also appointed environment minister.

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