Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described his new Cabinet as one that will offer stability, while new ministers provide the energy needed to take on challenges. In a news conference, he specifically cited imminent issues in foreign relations.
He said, "I asked Mr. Motegi to assume the post of foreign minister. He will continue to take charge of trade negotiations with the United States, which are in the final stage. He led the difficult negotiations on TPP 11 to a conclusion. His solid diplomatic skill is highly evaluated internationally. I want him to further enhance Japan's diplomacy, including more proactive economic diplomacy."