[Tokyo 11th Reuters]-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a press conference on the 11th with the reshuffling of the cabinet and the personnel of the Liberal Democratic Party. The reform cabinet was positioned as a “stabilization and challenge cabinet,” and the discussion on reforming the constitution was promoted. He said he will do everything he can to manage the economy so that the economy will not cool down due to the consumption tax hike and the emergence of downside risks from overseas.
<Constitutional amendment, "National people are interested in the contents">
At the conference, Prime Minister Abe expressed his idea to promote discussions on constitutional amendments. In addition to the proposal to amend the referendum law, he said, “Now the people are required to discuss the contents of the revision.” It was.
<Social Security Reform Council, first meeting next week>
The Abe Cabinet aims to realize “all-generation social security” by raising childcare support by raising consumption tax. Prime Minister Abe stated that he would prepare Yasuaki Nishimura, who is in charge of reforming the social security system, to prepare for the first meeting of a review meeting for reform next week.
In addition, he said, “We want to support consumption by taking sufficient measures and ensure the recovery trend of the economy,” so that consumption tax hike will not slow down.
Prime Minister Abe pointed out that “tensions over trade and geopolitics are increasing” about the global economy. “We pay close attention to the downside risks of the global economy, and if it becomes apparent, we will respond flexibly and fully to policies.”
<Stance toward Korea "Minjin will not change">
The remodeled cabinet will be launched in the face of deepening conflict with South Korea. Prime Minister Abe slid off Foreign Minister Taro Kono as Defense Minister and Toshimitsu Mogi Economic Revival Minister as Foreign Minister.
“We are seeking an appropriate response from the Korean side based on international law. This policy is consistent and will not change even under the new system,” said Prime Minister Abe.
As for the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia, he said he would expect from the skill of Foreign Minister Motegi who had negotiated trade negotiations between Japan and the US Mr. Mogi will continue to negotiate with the United States.
<Environmental Minister Koizumi "Please give results">
The number of remodeled cabinets reached 13 after the second Abe administration. Regarding the environment minister Shinjiro Koizumi, who first entered the cabinet at the age of 38, Prime Minister Abe said that Mr. Koizumi had served as the chairman of the agriculture and forestry department of the party and the chairman of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
(Edited by Takahiko Wada, edited by Shinichi Uchida)