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Under fire, Abe seeks to stem tide with reshuffle

Prime minister turns to old allies in attempt to win back public support

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a news conference following the formal inauguration of his reshuffled Cabinet on August 3.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday carried out a broad shake-up of his cabinet in an attempt to bolster public support following a number of scandals and his party's resounding defeat in the Tokyo assembly election in July. 

The prime minister appointed 13 lawmakers with previous cabinet experience, five of whom remain in the same posts. Six newcomers were brought in, down two from the previous reshuffle last August.

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