Kan prepares for party & Cabinet reshuffle
Prime Minister Naoto Kan met leaders of the Democratic Party on Wednesday to begin coordinating a reshuffle of the party leadership and of his Cabinet, following his reelection as the party's president.
Kan defeated former Party Secretary General Ichiro Ozawa in Tuesday's election.
On Wednesday morning, Kan met former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, Land and Transport Minister Seiji Maehara and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada.
Hatoyama referred to Kan's call for the party to unite after Tuesday's leadership election ended. He said Kan should keep his word on this. Hatoyama also asked Kan to promote younger legislators through new appointments.
Kan indicated his intention to build party unity.
Later in the afternoon, Kan met the Democratic Party's upper house leader Azuma Koshiishi and then met Ozawa for about 10 minutes.
Kan is planning to reappoint Yoshito Sengoku as Chief Cabinet Secretary but is likely to replace Party Secretary General Yukio Edano with somebody else.
Kan hopes to complete the new lineup by Friday.
Kan won the party presidential election with overwhelming support from rank-and-file party members. The vote among the party's legislators was split - with 206 votes for Kan and 200 for Ozawa.