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Japan defence minister Kono to become internal affairs min in new cabinet - Kyodo

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defence Minister Taro Kono speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, Japan September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono will become minister of internal affairs in the new cabinet while lawmaker Nobuo Kishi, the brother of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will take over the defence portfolio from Kono, Kyodo News reported on Tuesday.

Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is set to be formally elected as prime minister on Wednesday, when he will also announce his new cabinet.

Reporting by Chris Gallagher; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim