|10 September, 2019

Son of former Japan PM Koizumi to be named environment minister -NHK

Shinjiro Koizumi regularly tops opinion polls as the most suitable successor to Abe

Shinjiro Koizumi, a Japanese lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, leaves after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, August 15, 2017, to mark the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two.

Shinjiro Koizumi, a Japanese lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, leaves after visiting the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, August 15, 2017, to mark the 72nd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two.

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TOKYO - The popular son of former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi will be named environment minister when incumbent Shinzo Abe reshuffles his cabinet on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Shinjiro Koizumi, 38, who first won election to parliament's lower house in 2009, regularly tops opinion polls as the most suitable successor to Abe.

(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by David Dolan) ((david.dolan@tr.com; +81 3 6441 1526; Reuters Messaging: david.dolan.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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