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.