TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will draft the son of former premier Junichiro Koizumi into his cabinet and keep allies in key posts in a reshuffle on Wednesday (Sep 11), media reported, as Abe readies a tax rise and aims to revise the pacifist constitution.

Abe, poised to become Japan's longest-serving premier in November, will appoint telegenic Shinjiro Koizumi, 38, whom surveys show voters favour as their next leader, to the environment minister post, NHK public television reported.

The appointment, although to one of the less powerful cabinet posts, could give a popularity boost to the new line-up. Cabinet posts will be announced on Wednesday after the current cabinet resigns and officials have not commented on media reports about possible appointments.

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