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LEAD: Y. Hayashi to replace Yosano as economic and fiscal policy minister.

TOKYO, July 1 Kyodo


Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso decided Wednesday to appoint former defense minister Yoshimasa Hayashi as economic and fiscal policy minister, replacing Kaoru Yosano, Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura said.

Aso also decided to name Motoo Hayashi as chief of the National Public Safety Commission, Kawamura said, adding that Yosano will retain the post of finance minister.

Yoshimasa Hayashi served as defense minister from last August to September in the Cabinet of then Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. His father Yoshiro Hayashi, a former Diet member, served as finance minister from December 1992 to August 1993 under then Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa.

''I believe pending issues that I was holding have been settled now,'' Yosano told reporters Wednesday.

Yosano has been concurrently serving as finance minister and economic and fiscal policy minister after Shoichi Nakagawa stepped down as finance minister in February over what appeared to be his drunken behavior at an international news conference in Rome.
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Date:Jul 6, 2009
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