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PM Kishida to bring back veteran Hamada as Japan defense chief

Foreign Minister Hayashi set to stay in reshuffle; Taro Kono to be digital minister

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to reshuffle his cabinet again on Aug. 10.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to tap Yasukazu Hamada as defense minister Wednesday in a cabinet reshuffle that mixes experienced hands and new faces to take on the host of policy challenges facing the government. 

Hamada, a lower house lawmaker versed in national security issues, served as defense minister from 2008 to 2009 under then-Prime Minister Taro Aso. He will replace current Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi.

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