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Abe's new Cabinet

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Seoul-Tokyo ties feared to aggravate further

Last week's Cabinet reshuffle by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is raising concerns that he is moving Japan further to the right because he appointed his conservative allies as ministers. By filling most of the lineup with hard-liners, Abe is likely to keep or toughen his strong position in the ongoing trade dispute with South Korea.

The reshuffle came less than two months after Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed to win a two-thirds majority in the Upper House election in July. This has drawn much attention as Abe continues to express his intention of pressing ahead with a revision to the nations' postwar pacifist Constitution to make Japan a "normal" country that can wage war with others.

It is certain that Abe........

© The Korea Times