Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono will step down during the upcoming reshuffle of the new prime minister’s government. Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will take his place, Kyodo agency reported September 15.
Kishi had previously served as Japan’s deputy foreign minister. Kono will be transferred from the post of Minister of Defense to the post of Minister of Administrative Affairs and Communications. According to sources, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Finance Minister Taro Aso will retain their seats.
On September 16, the new general secretary of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, will be approved by the Japanese prime minister.
The day before, Suga was elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.
On August 28, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his intention to resign. The politician cited health problems and the need to undergo treatment as the reason for this decision.