1. NHK has learned that Health Minister Kato Katsunobu will become Chief Cabinet Secretary in the next cabinet.
  2. The new leader of Japan’s main governing Liberal Democratic Party appears to have decided on the lineup of the party’s executive posts. The likely appointments will mean that the key posts will be filled by members from the five intraparty factions that backed him in the leadership election.
  3. Japan’s newly expanded opposition Constitutional Democratic Party has been launched, with its leader vowing to challenge the new government set to start on Wednesday.