New Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will soon announce the new cabinet composition and formally take the oath of office at a ceremony held at the Imperial Palace.
|Mr. Yoshihide Suga is the 99th Prime Minister of Japan|
During the extraordinary session on September 16, Japan’s National Assembly officially elected Mr. Yoshihide Suga, the new President of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), as the 99th Prime Minister in the country.
As expected, the new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will soon announce the new cabinet composition and formally take the oath of office at a ceremony held at the Palace. After that, he will hold his first official press conference in a new position.
In the new cabinet, it is likely that Mr. Yoshihide Suga will maintain at least seven positions in the cabinet of his predecessor, including Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister Taro Aso; Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi; Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama; Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kazuyoshi Akaba; Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi; Economic Reconstruction Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura; and Olympic and Paralympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto.
Among these, Mr. Akaba is a member of the Fair Party – LDP’s partner in the current ruling coalition.
In addition, Mr. Yoshihide Suga is likely to appoint Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Deputy Foreign Minister, to act as Defense Minister in place of Taro Kono. Meanwhile, Defense Minister Taro Kono will be appointed minister in charge of administrative reform, and Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato will be the Chief of the Cabinet Office of Japan.