Dow Jones reported that Tatsuo Hirano would replace Ryu Matsumoto as reconstruction minister.
Hirano was a former bureaucrat in the farm ministry. He joined the Diet in 2001 as a member of the Liberal Party. Ozawa led the party at that time.
“While he is a member of the Ozawa camp within the DPJ, there is said to be some distance between the two, as they do not see eye-to-eye on certain policies — including the need for financial reconstruction,” said the Japan Times.
This must have made my government happy.