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Japan PM Kishida revamps cabinet as public support sags

Unification Church hubbub triggers reshuffle of ruling LDP's executive lineup

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's personnel choices reflect his desire to retain the support of conservative members who belong to the largest party faction formerly led by Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated last month. (Photo by Hirofumi Yamamoto)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday, giving key posts to familiar faces with proven records, in a bid to reverse flagging public support and steer clear of dubious ties with a religious group spotlighted by the killing of former premier Shinzo Abe.

Kishida hopes the renewal will pave the way for a long-term, stable administration to tackle what he described as "the biggest challenges of the postwar era," ranging from COVID-19 and inflation to Russia's war against Ukraine and heightened tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

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