JAPAN, Mar 9, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan decided Tuesday to promote State Foreign Secretary Takeaki Matsumoto to foreign minister following Seiji Maehara’s resignation over a money scandal, sources close to the premier said.
As reported by Kyodo News on Wednesday, Matsumoto accepted Kan’s offer of the post Tuesday night, according to the sources. An attestation ceremony for the new minister is scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon at the Imperial Palace.
Kan told reporters earlier in the evening that he would be ”not taking that long” in selecting Maehara’s successor. (*)