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Japan's Abe appoints senior official for Cabinet administrative reform post

Japan's Abe appoints senior official for Cabinet administrative reform post

Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appointed an outspoken politician to replace a Cabinet minister who resigned over a political funds scandal, the latest embarrassment to the government amid sagging public support.
Cabinet Office Senior Vice-Minister Yoshimi Watanabe told reporters Thursday that he felt "a great weight" on him after Abe appointed him to replace Genichiro Sata as administrative reform minister.
"I was asked to work hard for the public," Watanabe said. "I think that firmly carrying out the reforms will lead to recovering public trust."
Watanabe, 54, an outspoken politician who frequently appears on television, is known for his expertise in financial matters.
Following a ceremony held at the Imperial Palace Thursday afternoon, Watanabe formally took office, said Yasufumi Fujishima, an official in Watanabe's office.
Abe said he felt it was important to fill the position quickly.
"The government will now work full steam to achieve results," Abe said.
Sata resigned Wednesday evening after admitting that a support group had engaged in fraudulent accounting. His departure marked the second high-profile government resignation in a week.
The scandal broke earlier this week when local media reported that a support group for Sata told the state it spent 78 million yen (US$656,600;


Updated : 2021-06-14 12:02 GMT+08:00