Cabinet reshuffle in Japan

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda geared up Sunday for a planned Cabinet reshuffle the following day in the hope of preparing the ground for going into a general election with better public support, deciding to give a post to pro-China former Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka and retaining industry minister Yukio Edano, political sources said.

Former party executives Koriki Jojima and Shinji Tarutoko will become finance minister, and international affairs and communications minister, respectively, the sources said.

Noda also decided to appoint former DPJ policy chief Seiji Maehara as a minister.

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