Japanese PM to reshuffle Cabinet
The reshuffle follows the ruling coalition's crushing defeat in last month's upper house polls.
Mr Abe is likely to bring back seasoned lawmakers in what is expected to be a major Cabinet overhaul.
Ahead of the reshuffle, the prime minister filled key posts in his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Outgoing Foreign Minister Taro Aso was named LDP secretary-general, the number two post in the party.
Mr Aso shares Mr Abe's conservative agenda and has been seen as a potential successor to him.
Nobuteru Ishihara - son of controversial Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara - was named LDP policy chief, while former Trade Minister Toshihiro Nikai became chairman of the party's General Council.
Scandals and gaffes
The Japanese prime minister promised to reshuffle his Cabinet in the wake of July's upper house elections, which saw control of the chamber handed to the opposition Democratic Party of Japan for the first time ever. It was a disastrous result for Mr Abe, who took office in September 2006.
The defeat was blamed on a series of gaffes and scandals involving Mr Abe's ministers, as well as a nationwide pensions scandal, that caused voters to question the prime minister's leadership credentials.
Mr Abe has stood firm in the face of calls for his resignation. He is now expected to try to construct a strong - and scandal-free - Cabinet that will restore voters' faith in him.
Former Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura is tipped for a Cabinet return, while Defence Minister Yuriko Koike has said that she does not wish to retain her post.
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