Japan ex-justice minister Saito to take trade minister post – Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to appoint former justice minister Ken Saito as trade minister, replacing incumbent Yasutoshi Nishimura, Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

Saito’s appointment to a key ministry, which oversees energy and industrial policies, comes as the embattled Kishida administration seeks to stem the fallout from a fundraising scandal within his ruling party.

(Reporting by Kantaro Komiya; editing by Christina Fincher)