14 Jan '11, 4am

Japan names new ministers in cabinet reshuffle

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan added new faces to his cabinet on Friday to help his push to restore the country's tattered public finances and boost free trade to spur growth. Among the changes in Kan's third cabinet since becoming prime minister were new fiscal policy, trade, justice and transport ministers, but the premier kept other key posts such as foreign, finance and defence portfolios unchanged. Kan's move was seen as a bid to appease the conservative opposition to help secure the passage of bills to finance the 2011 budget, as he looks to energise an economy mired in deflation, saddled by huge debt and burdened by a greying population. Battling low support ratings after only seven months as premier, Kan made the changes to his centre-left Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) government ahead of a tough 150-day parliamentary session starting this month. "For Ja...

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