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Japan PM picks revisionist as defense chief in new Cabinet

  • Japan's newly-appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada answer questions from reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed more than half of the 19-member Cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to support his economic, security and other policy goals. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan's newly-appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada answer questions from reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed more than half of the 19-member Cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to support his economic, security and other policy goals. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's newly-appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed more than half of the 19-member Cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to support his economic, security and other policy goals. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan's newly-appointed Defense Minister Tomomi Inada arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed more than half of the 19-member Cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to support his economic, security and other policy goals. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida arrives at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

A woman with revisionist views of World War II history has been named Japan's defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe changed more than half of the 19-member Cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to support his economic, security and other policy goals.

Former ruling party executive Tomomi Inada will replace Gen Nakatani as defense minister. She will be the second female to fill the post. Her appointment could unsettle relations with Asian neighbors with bitter memories of World War II atrocities.

Abe replaced 10 ministers, though he retained his foreign and finance ministers.

As promised in a recent election campaign, Abe is expected to focus on economic revitalization initially, while later seeking to revise Japan's war-renouncing postwar constitution.