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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.

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