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Abe’s Legacy Looms Large in Kishida Plan for Japanese Cabinet Overhaul

  • Kishida support plunges amid anger over Unification Church
  • Cabinet reshuffle expected on Wednesday, broadcaster NHK says
Fumio Kishida
Fumio KishidaPhotographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg
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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is set to reshuffle his cabinet amid doubts over the future of the party’s largest faction after the murder of leader Shinzo Abe, which also exposed embarrassing ties between its members and the Unification Church.

The new line-up will be announced Wednesday, Kishida said. It could provide indications of how power within the faction-driven Liberal Democratic Party has shifted away from Abe’s bloc, which is nearly twice as large as its closest rival.