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Abe's party rocks bureaucracy with ministry reshuffle proposal

Move comes after scandals bring powerful but opaque ministries under scrutiny

Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district, the apex of Japan's bureaucracy. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- Talk of reorganizing Japan's powerful bureaucracy has quickly gained currency in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party after a string of missteps and alleged cover-ups involving officials whose loyalties have been questioned.

Recommendations on reshuffling government ministries for the first time since 2001 will go to the prime minister's desk as soon as next month.

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