JUST IN: Kishida to appoint LDP’s Yamagiwa as trade minister: source
TOKYO – Fumio Kishida, the newly elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, is considering appointing LDP MP Shunichi Suzuki as finance minister and retaining Toshimitsu Motegi as foreign minister, announced Friday party sources.
Suzuki, 68, a former environment minister, will replace Taro Aso, 81, who is expected to take the post of vice chairman of the PLD in a reshuffle of party leaders later on Friday, the sources said.
The combined photo shows Shunichi Suzuki (L) and Toshimitsu Motegi. (Kyodo)
Kishida, who won the LDP presidential election on Wednesday, will be elected the new prime minister at an extraordinary Diet session on Monday.
In the overhaul of the LDP leadership, Akira Amari, 72, chairman of the party’s research commission on the tax system, will be appointed to the post of general secretary no.2, while Sanae Takaichi, 60, former minister of Interior and Communications, will be appointed president of the Policy Research Council.
Amari was a key member of Kishida’s campaign during the leadership vote. He is among the so-called 3As, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Aso, who are closely aligned and wield strong influence within the party.
Takaichi, who lost to Kishida in the PLD vote in her first candidacy to become the first female prime minister of Japan, also has close ties to Abe.
Tatsuo Fukuda, 54, a neophyte who is only serving his third term in the House of Representatives, is expected to become chairman of the General Council, the PLD’s decision-making body.
Fukuda’s father and grandfather are former prime ministers Yasuo Fukuda and the late Takeo Fukuda.
Kishida is set to appoint former education minister Hirokazu Matsuno, 59, as chief cabinet secretary when he launches his new cabinet on Monday.
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