Abe says no Cabinet reshuffle before extraordinary Diet session

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he will not carry out a Cabinet reshuffle before an extraordinary parliamentary session slated to be convened in October.

"I won't (reshuffle the Cabinet). I want Cabinet members to perform their duties" during the parliamentary session and in compiling an initial budget for the next fiscal year starting April 2014, Abe told reporters in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Abe, however, indicated he will make some changes to the leadership of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, excluding Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba and other major executives.

"I'll have Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Secretary General Ishiba decide" on the new lineup of senior finance ministers, parliamentary secretaries and party officers, Abe said.

As for the planned rise in the sales tax rate to 8 percent next April from 5 percent at present, Abe reiterated that he will make a final decision this fall while assessing economic conditions.

Abe is in St. Petersburg to attend the two-day Group of 20 summit starting Thursday.