Noda slots unknowns into key Cabinet posts


Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

TOKYO (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda announced his Cabinet Sept. 2, appointing relative unknowns to key posts and ignoring ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) stalwarts.

Noda appointed Jun Azumi as Finance Minister and Koichiro Gemba as Foreign Minister in the 16-member Cabinet.

Both are relatively unknown, but are believed to be firm supporters of the prime minister, who was formally sworn in with the executive decision-making body in a ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Friday afternoon.

Cabinet will meet for the first time on Friday night.

The full Cabinet is as follows, according to an announcement by Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura:

Finance: Jun Azumi
Foreign Affairs: Koichiro Gemba
Economy, Trade and Industry: Yoshio Hachiro
Defense: Yasuo Ichikawa
Environment, Nuclear Disaster: Goshi Hosono
Justice: Hideo Hiraoka
Internal Affairs and Communication: Tatsuo Kawabata
Health, Labor and Welfare: Yoko Komiyama
Education, Culture, Sports and Science: Masaharu Nakagawa
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Michihiko Kano
Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism: Takeshi Maeda
State minister in charge of:
Economic and fiscal policy, national strategy: Motohisa Furukawa
Postal Reform, Financial Affairs: Shozaburo Jimi
Administrative Reform: Renho
Public Security, North Korean abduction issue: Kenji Yamaoka
Reconstruction from disaster: Tatsuo Hirano

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