Photo/IllutrationPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of junior coalition partner Komeito, shake hands on Oct. 2 before the formal announcement of Abe's reshuffled Cabinet. (Kotaro Ebara)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Oct. 2 rewarded supportive party factions in his largest-ever Cabinet reshuffle but appointed only one woman and one member of the ruling coalition partner.

Twelve new ministers were included in the new administration.

The six ministers retained by Abe were: Finance Minister Taro Aso; Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga; Foreign Minister Taro Kono; Hiroshige Seko, the trade minister; Toshimitsu Motegi, state minister for economic revitalization; and Keiichi Ishii, the transport minister.

Ishii is the only Cabinet minister from junior coalition partner Komeito.

The new Cabinet members include Takumi Nemoto, as health minister, and Satsuki Katayama, the state minister in charge of regional revitalization and the only woman in the reshuffled lineup.

Abe won a third term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Sept. 20. His only rival in the election was Shigeru Ishiba, a former LDP secretary-general.

One member of the Ishiba faction, Takashi Yamashita, was named justice minister.

A former prosecutor, Yamashita, 53, is serving in only his third term in the Lower House, so his appointment is seen by analysts as a move to demonstrate internal party reconciliation as well as to show that the voices of local regions will be heard.

In the LDP presidential election, Ishiba received about 45 percent of the votes of local party members and supporters, a sign that many rural areas in the nation are disgruntled with Abe’s management of government.

Moreover, Denny Tamaki defeated a candidate backed by the ruling coalition in the Sept. 30 Okinawa gubernatorial election.

Tamaki, who was backed by opposition parties, has clearly stated his opposition to the Abe government’s plan to relocate the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from Ginowan in central Okinawa Prefecture to the Henoko district of Nago in northern Okinawa.

Abe won more than 80 percent of the votes of LDP lawmakers in the presidential election, thanks to the support expressed by five of the major party factions.

The factions were rewarded with Cabinet posts for members.

Among those belonging to the faction led by LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai, Takamori Yoshikawa was given the agriculture portfolio while Yoshitaka Sakurada was named state minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Abe belongs to the faction led by Hiroyuki Hosoda, a former chief Cabinet secretary. Faction member Masahiko Shibayama was named education minister, while Junzo Yamamoto, also of the Hosoda faction, was appointed chairman of the National Public Safety Commission as well as state minister in charge of disaster prevention.

Aso’s faction had Takeshi Iwaya named as defense minister, while Yoshiaki Harada was picked as environment minister.

Among members of the faction led by LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi was named state minister in charge of Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, while Takuya Hirai was appointed state minister in charge of information technology policy.

The LDP executive lineup was also announced on Oct. 2.

Nikai and Kishida kept their posts.

Katsunobu Kato, who was previously the health minister, was named chairman of the General Council.

Akira Amari, a close Abe ally, was named chairman of the LDP's Election Strategy Committee. Amari resigned as state minister for economic and fiscal policy in January 2016 after reports surfaced about a dubious donation from a supporter. No legal charges were ever filed against Amari or the aide who directly received the money.

Hiroshi Moriyama was retained as chairman of the LDP’s Diet Affairs Committee, while Koichi Hagiuda was kept as executive acting secretary-general.

Lineup of new Abe Cabinet

* Prime Minister:

Shinzo Abe, 64, Lower House, LDP

* Deputy Prime Minister/ Finance Minister:

Taro Aso, 78, Lower House, LDP

* Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications:

Masatoshi Ishida, 66, Lower House, LDP

* Justice Minister:

Takashi Yamashita, 53, Lower House, LDP

* Foreign Minister:

Taro Kono, 55, Lower House, LDP

* Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology:

Masahiko Shibayama, 52, Lower House, LDP

* Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare:

Takumi Nemoto, 67, Lower House, LDP

* Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

Takamori Yoshikawa, 67, Lower House, LDP

* Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry:

Hiroshige Seko, 55, Upper House, LDP

* Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism:

Keiichi Ishii, 60, Lower House, Komeito

* Environment Minister:

Yoshiaki Harada, 74, Lower House, LDP

* Defense Minister:

Takeshi Iwaya, 61, Lower House, LDP

* Chief Cabinet Secretary/ Minister in charge of abduction issue:

Yoshihide Suga, 69, Lower House, LDP

* Reconstruction Minister:

Hiromichi Watanabe, 68, Lower House, LDP

* National Public Safety Commission Chairman/ Minister in charge of disaster prevention:

Junzo Yamamoto, 63, Upper House, LDP

* Minister for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs:

Mitsuhiro Miyakoshi, 67, Lower House, LDP

* Minister for economic revitalization:

Toshimitsu Motegi, 62, Lower House, LDP

* Minister for information technology:

Takuya Hirai, 60, Lower House, LDP

* Minister for regional revitalization:

Satsuki Katayama, 59, Upper House, LDP

* Minister for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games:

Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, Lower House, LDP