Defense Minister Eto to decline post in new Cabinet: sources

December 23, 2014 11:28 PM

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Defense Minister Akinori Eto will decline an offer to retain his position in the post-election Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sources at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Tuesday, adding former defense chief Gen Nakatani is seen as a likely replacement.

Abe is expected to be elected prime minister at a Diet session to be convened Wednesday. He would then immediately inaugurate his Cabinet. The other ministers are expected to be reappointed, the sources said.

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