TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his Cabinet in early September following the July 21 House of Councillors election, those close to him said.
Abe will attend ceremonies to commemorate the atomic-bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, respectively, and a memorial service for the war dead in Tokyo on the Aug. 15 anniversary of the end of World War II.
The prime minister also faces a tight diplomatic schedule in August and September. He will attend a Group of Seven summit meeting in France in late August and then the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.
In late September, he will travel to New York to be present at a U.N. General Assembly session.
Prime Minister Abe intends to reshuffle his Cabinet after completing his diplomatic schedule in late August in order to strengthen the unity of his administration prior to the planned raise of the 8% consumption tax to 10% in October and an extraordinary Diet session in autumn.
(Japanese original by Takenori Noguchi, Political News Department)