Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP

Shinzo Abe’s cabinet reshuffle marks the start of ‘open race’ to pick Japan’s next prime minister

  • Toshimitsu Motegi was named as the new foreign minister, replacing Taro Kono, who moves to the defence portfolio
  • Shinjiro Koizumi, the 38-year-old son of much-loved former PM Junichiro Koizumi, was appointed environment minister
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AP
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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (centre) with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Beijing recently. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s foreign minister Taro Kono may move to defence amid dispute with South Korea

  • Taro Kono has taken a tough stance against South Korea over wartime issues which have strained political and trade ties between the two countries
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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (centre) with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Beijing recently. Photo: Reuters
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