Japan PM to reshuffle Cabinet to push for reforms

January 14, 2011 04:10


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TOKYO — Japan's  Cabinet resigned en masse Friday as the prime minister reshuffles his lineup in a bid to revive the struggling economy and open up the country to stay globally competitive.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday that the new Cabinet is aimed at pushing for reforms as Japan faces a string of daunting problems, including a rapidly aging population, growing national debt and an anemic economy — the world's third-largest.

The Cabinet that will be announced later Friday will be Kan's third since he took office in June. The one that just resigned was formed in September in an earlier reshuffle.

"I will have the most powerful Cabinet," Kan said Thursday at the annual convention of his ruling Democratic Party of Japan held in Chiba, near Tokyo. "The changes will reflect how best we can push for reforms for Japan and tackle the problems."

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