2017 Lower House Election / Most of Cabinet members to stay

The Yomiuri Shimbun With the ruling parties of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito certain to keep their administration in power as a result of the lower house election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reappoint most of his third Cabinet to his fourth, as he only recently reshuffled the Cabinet in August.

Abe intends to retain senior members who have played a central role in the third Abe Cabinet, such as Taro Aso, who holds the double portfolio of deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Abe is considering convening a special Diet session in early November at the earliest, as U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit Japan in early November and Abe is scheduled to attend an international conference in mid-November.

In response to an expected victory in the lower house election, the government and the ruling parties are making arrangements to compile a draft supplementary budget for fiscal 2017.

In the draft, Abe is likely to prioritize budget allocations for policies related to a “productivity revolution” and a “revolution in human resources development,” areas that he has positioned as the two most important to change.Speech

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