Japan PM picks nationalist Tomomi Inada as defence chief

New Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada answers questions from reporters in Tokyo on August 3, 2016Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday picked a close confidante with staunchly nationalist views as the new defence minister, a move likely to raise concerns in China and South Korea. Lawyer-turned-politician Tomomi Inada, 57, was formerly policy chief of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and shares his hawkish views on Japan’s 20th-century history.

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