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Onodera to return as Japan's defense minister

Prime minister to rely on veteran to restore order in scandal-rocked ministry

Onodera as defense minister in this file photo from 2013

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to reappoint Itsunori Onodera to his former post as defense minister. Abe made the decision as he prepares for Thursday's launch of the third Cabinet of his third term.

Onodera served as defense minister in Abe's second Cabinet.

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