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Japan's Kishida enlists seasoned hands to tackle energy, defense

New cabinet to address inflation, discuss reclassifying COVID

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, front row center, with his new cabinet, which faces immediate challenges, including securing power generation capacity for winter.  (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- As Japan faces a myriad of challenges from the coronavirus to an increasingly complex security landscape, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has packed his cabinet with seasoned lawmakers who he hopes can tackle them head-on.

Kishida kept five out of 19 ministerial-level officials in a reshuffle on Wednesday, while granting another five posts to those who previously served in the cabinet. 

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