Japan’s new prime minister to retain defense and education ministers – report

TOKYO, October 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to keep current Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and current Education Minister Koichi Hagiuda in his cabinet, the Mainichi newspaper reported.

Kishi, 62, and Hagiuda, 58, are both part of the Hosoda faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which is closely linked to former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Kishida, a former foreign minister and leader of the Kishida faction, won the LDP leadership election on Wednesday and is expected to be officially elected prime minister when parliament sits on Monday, announcing a cabinet reshuffle the same day. Read more

Among other important appointments, the brother-in-law of the current Minister of Finance Taro Aso, Shunichi Suzuki, is expected to replace him in this post, according to the daily Yomiuri. The little-known Suzuki is a former Minister of the Olympics and son of former Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, and belongs to the LDP faction of Aso. Read more

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is expected to retain his post, while Hirokazu Matsuno, who served as education minister under former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is likely to become chief secretary of the cabinet, media reported. Matsuno is also a member of the Hosoda faction.

Reporting by Kevin Buckland; edited by Jane Wardell

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