Current Cabinet lineup to stay until next summer: spokesman

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not reshuffle his Cabinet at least until next summer, the top government spokesman said Thursday, citing the need for ministers to oversee the process of creating the fiscal 2014 budget.

"By common sense, (the current Cabinet) is likely to do its work through the end of the (next) ordinary Diet session," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference.

The ordinary parliamentary session normally lasts from January to June, enacting the initial state budget before a new fiscal year starts April 1.

The remarks by the spokesman came after Abe told reporters Wednesday in St. Petersburg that "each minister should be responsible for formulating the budget," suggesting he will not reshuffle the Cabinet until next year.