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Abe to tap rising star Koizumi junior for environment minister

Prime minister places trusted allies in key positions in large-scale cabinet reshuffle

Shinjiro Koizumi is a son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. (Photo by Yuichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will select Shinjiro Koizumi as his next environment minister Wednesday, making the 38-year-old the nation's youngest male minister in a postwar cabinet.

The son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is serving his fourth term in the lower house. He and TV personality Christel Takigawa made news last month with the announcement that they would marry.

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