Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, citing pressing problems at home and overseas, reshuffled his Cabinet on Oct. 1 by filling the new administration with lawmakers who supported him in the ruling party’s presidential election.
Noda replaced 10 ministers and kept eight, including Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto.
"In order to deal with the various issues that we face in Japan as well as abroad, there was a need to further deepen cooperation between the government and ruling parties and to strengthen the functioning of the Cabinet," Noda said at a news conference in explaining the purpose of the reshuffle.
Lawmakers in executive posts of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan were rewarded for supporting Noda in the election last month. They were Koriki Jojima, the former DPJ Diet affairs committee chairman who was named finance minister, Shinji Tarutoko, the acting secretary-general who was appointed internal affairs and communications minister, and Seiji Maehara, the DPJ policy chief who was named state minister in charge of national policy and economic and fiscal policy.
Makiko Tanaka was named education minister and Keishu Tanaka (no relation) was picked as justice minister. Both Tanakas also backed Noda in the party election.
Noda was easily re-elected DPJ chief, defeating Kazuhiro Haraguchi, a former internal affairs minister, and two former agriculture ministers, Michihiko Kano and Hirotaka Akamatsu. No lawmaker who supported Noda’s three challengers was given a Cabinet post.