Abe reshuffled the Cabinet Monday in the wake of July's upper House election defeat for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kyodo reported Monday.
Abe appointed Yoichi Masuzoe minister of Health, Labor and Welfare. Masuzoe, from the House of Councilors, is a former political commentator long known for his harsh criticism of Abe, Kyodo reported.
"There's no magic bullet that can improve the disapproval rating in one go, Yosano said. "It's through making persistent efforts and fulfilling our tasks one by one that public support will rise for the first time."
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