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Japan PM to reshuffle cabinet today

TOKYO: Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to reshuffle his cabinet on Monday, with changes aimed at cooling a raging maritime dispute with China, according to reports.

Commentators say that as well as helping soothe the diplomatic wrangle, Noda’s reshuffle is a bid to boost his waning popularity and reinvigorate his government after a costly battle to pass tax legislation.

Noda may tap Beijing-friendly Makiko Tanaka, 68, as a new addition to the cabinet, the Asahi Shimbun daily reported on Sunday.

Tanaka, daughter of former prime minister Kakuei Tanaka who normalised diplomatic ties with Beijing 40 years ago, has warm links with China which has been jousting with Japan over disputed East China Sea islands.—AFP

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