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3. Abe set to retain Aso, Suga in new Cabinet

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his Cabinet and key posts in the main governing Liberal Democratic Party as early as October 1st. He appears set to retain Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Aso and Suga have been with the prime minister since the start of his second Cabinet.

Abe spoke to reporters after being reelected to a third term as LDP president on Thursday.

He said he will confront the falling birthrate and aging population, which he called a national crisis, as well as deal with the difficult international situation.

He said he will also try to amend the Constitution, which has never been changed in more than 70 years.

Abe is scheduled to leave on a 5-day trip next week to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. He may hold talks with US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The prime minister plans to compile an extra budget for fiscal 2018 to support areas hit hard by natural disasters. He is expected to convene an extraordinary Diet session as early as late October.

Abe won the LDP leadership election on Thursday with 553 votes. He beat his only opponent, Shigeru Ishiba, a former party secretary general, who won 254 votes.