Noda reshuffles Cabinet


Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda carried out a reshuffle of his Cabinet today. Eight members of the former Cabinet were retained whilst eight new faces were brought in to the Cabinet and two previous ministers were brought back.

The prime minister will be hoping that the reshuffle will help to improve the government’s approval ratings prior to a general election which has to held within the next year but which could be forced on the government this year. Currently less than 30% of the population support the government, a fall from 60% last year.

Yoshihiko Noda Prime Minister
Katsuya Okada Deputy Prime Minister (also in charge of social security, tax system reform)
Koriki Jojima Minister of Finance
Koichiro Gemba Minister of Foreign Affairs
Yukio Edano Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Satoshi Morimoto Minister of Defence
Hiroyuki Nagahama Minister of Environment, Nuclear Disaster
Keishu Tanaka Minister of Justice
Shinji Tarutoko Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication
Wakio Mitsui Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare
Makiko Tanaka Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Science
Akira Gunji Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Yuichiro Hata Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Osamu Fujimura Chief Cabinet Secretary
Seiji Maehara State Minister, national strategy, ocean policy, economy and fiscal policy, nuclear power
administration, science and technology policy and space policy
Ikko Nakatsuka State Minister, financial services, birthrate and gender equality
Mikio Shimoji State Minister, postal reform
Tadamasa Kodaira State Minister, public security, consumer affairs and food safety
Tatsuo Hirano State Minister, post-disaster reconstruction
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