Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts




 
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September 3rd, 2014  
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Topic: Japan PM Abe appoints China-friendly lawmakers to key posts


By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe picked two veteran lawmakers with friendly ties to China for top party posts on Wednesday in an apparent signal of hope for a thaw in chilly ties with Beijing and a summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The change in executives in Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is part of a broad leadership rejig, including a cabinet reshuffle, aimed at strengthening party unity and polishing Abe's image 20 months after he surged back to office. In a move welcomed by Tokyo stock market players, Abe drafted Yasuhisa Shiozaki, 63, a proponent of an overhaul of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), to head the ministry of labor, health and welfare, which oversees GPIF.




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