Japan appoints new foreign Minister

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae in fotobounce in Tokyo. Archival photoJapan appoints new foreign Minister© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae the image Bank

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the Cabinet reshuffle of Ministers appointed the new Minister for foreign Affairs Taro Kono, who has previously performed the duties of the head of the Ministry of administrative reform.

The announcement was made by the Secretary-General of the Japanese government, Acehide Sugoi during a press conference on Thursday. Broadcast channel NHK.

Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, who is considered one of the main candidates for the presidency of the ruling liberal democratic party (LDP) in the future, appointed head of Council on policies for the LDP. Until the reshuffle in the Japanese Cabinet of Ministers the post was held by Itsunori Onodera, who was appointed new Minister of defense.

Abe took the decision to make changes in the government due to the falling rating. It was caused by a series of scandals in which he was involved as part of the current Ministers and the Prime Minister himself. Last week resigned as defence Minister Tomomi Inada. It is thought to be involved in the concealment from the public of important news about a shootout in southern Sudan during the stay there of Japanese peacekeepers.

The new composition of the Cabinet of Ministers will receive a formal credentials ceremony after the approval of the Emperor of Japan Akihito.