Japan Cabinet reshuffles, PM Yoshihiko Noda names new FM
With a move to reshuffling Japan’s Cabinet, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda today has named Koriki Jojima as a new finance minister.
Jojima was performing a senior member’s role as a former Democratic Party (DPJ) parliamentary affairs’ chief and also worked with Mr Noda on controversial issue to double sales tax hike, one of the major reason expected to take by his post.
Jojima’s toughest competition was with foreign minister Koichiro Gemba who was at the top list among those keep their jobs in Noda’s Cabinet reshuffle. Now he is replacing Jun Azumi in the key post.
The move came after controversial row over Noda’s legislation to double sales tax and also ties up between Tokyo and Beijing over a row of islands’ ownership in the East China Sea, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, reports said.
As polls are coming and to boost his Japanese government, changing it from poor grouping to increase number of supports, Mr. Noda took this decision, said, as per source, that the move would help tackle key issues.
“This is a reshuffle that will help the government and the ruling parties cooperate to address a number of issues we are facing domestically and diplomatically and further strengthen the function of the cabinet,” he added.