Abe’s reshuffled Cabinet gets straight to work

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reshuffled Cabinet fully started working on Wednesday, a day after the revamping.

Abe is aiming to deliver promises he made during his campaigning for last month’s leadership election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, such as taking measures to minimize damage from future disasters, overcoming persistent deflation, reforming the social security system and resolving the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals.

First-time ministers in the Cabinet arrived at their offices in the morning to start their work.

Among them, Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita, the only minister from an LDP faction led by Shigeru Ishiba, former secretary-general of the party, took over the job from his predecessor, Yoko Kamikawa.

Ishiba lost to Abe in the Sept. 20 party leadership poll, which was a one-on-one battle between them.

Yamashita told Kamikawa that he will step up preparations toward the establishment of a planned new government agency to manage immigration and support foreign residents.

“We’re in a very tough situation,” Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Masahiko Shibayama told staff of his ministry, apparently referring to recently revealed corruption scandals involving senior ministry officials. “I’ll stand at the forefront of the ministry to have our staff join forces,” he said.Speech

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