(RTTNews) - Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday expanded his cabinet and appointed two former prime ministers as the ruling Democratic Party of Japan's (DPJ) supreme advisers as part of efforts by the current leadership to boost party unity.
Noda formed his Cabinet last Friday, installing his allies in key Cabinet posts to achieve policy goals of reconstructing a nation hit hard by twin disasters, and saving it from a protracted economic slump.
Many of the 22 Diet members, whom he appointed as senior vice ministers on Monday, belong to the other party group that did not back Noda in the party's presidential election last week, reports say.
They include lower house member Tenzo Okumura, an ally of party power broker Ichiro Ozawa, who was named as Senior Vice Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
New Senior Vice Minister of the Cabinet Office, Ikko Nakatsuka also belongs to Ozawa camp.
In another development on Monday, former premiers Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan were named as DPJ's supreme advisers, Japanese media reported quoting party members.
by RTT Staff Writer
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