Two New Japanese Cabinet Ministers Named
TOKYO (AP) _ Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu on Thursday appointed two veteran lawmakers to succeed ailing Cabinet members who resigned.
Seiroku Kajiyama, 64, is taking over the justice ministry, and Yoshiaki Kibe, 64, will be the new state minister in charge of Hokkaido and Okinawa development. Both are veterans of the lower house of parliament.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Misoji Sakamoto announced their appointments at a news conference.
It was the first change in the Cabinet since a reshuffle after elections in February. Kaifu became prime minister in August 1989.
Kajiyama will take over from 71-year-old Shin Hasegawa, who announced his resignation Wednesday because of treatment for a stroke he suffered two days earlier.
Kibe replaces Shigetami Sunada, who also announced his resignation on Wednesday. Sunada has been absent from three Cabinet sessions since Sept. 4 because of a chronic respiratory illness.