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Abe to shake up ruling party's top ranks

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to replace the Liberal Democratic Party's secretary-general, the No. 2 man in the ruling party, in conjunction with a cabinet reshuffling next month, according to people familiar with the matter.

     Abe has approached Shigeru Ishiba before about taking a new cabinet post in charge of drafting national security legislation.

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