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Japan's Kishida poised to replace defense chief Kishi

Prime minister seeks a fresh lineup as public support for government slides

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hopes to reverse his sliding approval ratings by revamping his cabinet and the ruling party leadership. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is expected to replace Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi while retaining ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi in a cabinet and party leadership reshuffle slated for Wednesday, Nikkei has learned.

Kishida spoke with Motegi and other senior LDP members on Friday to convey his plans. Besides Motegi, LDP Vice President Taro Aso is expected to keep his post. Kishida will meet with other party members on Monday to secure their support.

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