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Monday, 10th January 2011
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Japan's PM to reshuffle cabinet

Prime minister Naoto Kan has been ordered to reshuffle his cabinet before the end of January.

The ruling party has confirmed that the reshuffle must take place before the legislature reopens and may lead to the removal of chief cabinet secretary Yoshito Sengoku due to his handling of the recent Chinese disputes.

"We will open the parliament session sometime between January 21st and 28th. A cabinet reshuffle would be necessary before that," Katsuya Okada, the secretary-general of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) told public broadcaster NHK.

The main opposition parties have already stressed that they would boycott any parliamentary business if Mr Sengoku and the DBJ's transport ministry remain in the cabinet.

According to Kyodo news, it is expected that the chief cabinet secretary could replaced with either finance minister Yoshihiko Noda or the deputy secretary-general Yukio Edano.

Mr Kan is already facing lengthy talks with the opposition parties over plans to increase Japan's consumption tax as part of a revamp of the country's tax system.

Written by Susan Ballion.