Shinzo Abe promotes rising star Koizumi in cabinet reshuffle

Speculation rises over Abe’s successor as PM set to become Japan’s longest-serving leader

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has brought one of the country’s rising political stars into his cabinet, sparking speculation over his successor as he prepares to mark a record-breaking period in office.

But Shinjiro Koizumi, the son of the former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, faces an early test of his abilities after he was appointed environment minister on Wednesday.

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