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Koizumi planning to reshuffle Cabinet


17 Jan 2004
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (Kyodo) Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated Thursday that he plans to reshuffle the Cabinet in September, creating in the process a new ministerial post to oversee postal services reform.
Koizumi noted that the one-year terms for executive positions within the Liberal Democratic Party expire in September, adding that he will consider changing the Cabinet lineup "around that time."

He was speaking to reporters after attending the three-day Group of Eight summit on Sea Island, Ga.

Koizumi also said he will maintain the current ruling coalition with New Komeito -- even if the LDP wins a majority in the House of Councilors election in July -- as maintaining the coalition will help "stabilize politics."

Japan Times
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