Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe carried out a major Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday in a bid to create a fresh image and accomplish his administration’s goals, Kyodo News reported.
The reshuffle, in which Abe replaced or moved 17 of his 19 Cabinet ministers, follows victory in the upper house election in July.
Abe introduced 13 new faces, reinstated two with previous ministerial experience and retained two close allies and party heavyweights, while shifting two others.
In explaining the purpose of his reshuffle, Abe has said he wants to form a new team that can ensure political “stability” and tackle new “challenges.”
In the new Japanese Cabinet, Abe kept familiar faces who have been key members of his team since his 2012 return to power—Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.