>> A controversial choice in Japan sure to make waves across Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe naming the ultra conservative Tomomi Inada as his new Defense Minister Wednesday, part of a larger cabinet reshuffle. It's a move likely to ruffle feathers in the region. Inada is a big supporter of Abe's vision to shake up Japan's post ware pacifist laws.
And as Elaine leaves report, she's got an ally in the Prime Minister.>> She is so conservative that she'll be there backing him as he tries to revise the Constitution, and also more importantly, as Japan tries to take a tougher stance against China. She's one of these folks who makes frequent visits to Yasukuni Shrine which is the infamous shrine to war dead, and it's seen as a symbol of past militarism by Korea and China.
And just the fact that she has this in her past alone is enough to potentially irritate China and South Korea.>> Inada is so right wing, she's believed to deny the Nanjing massacre, when Japanese forces murdered hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians in the 1930s. As for the rest of the reshuffle, Abe is keeping his friends similarly close, with three of his key staff holding on to their positions.
>> Abe doesn't, it's a tradition, whenever there's an election in Japan, they do a reshuffle, sometime's it's rather token. This particular one, he's aiming for longevity, potentially wants to run again after his term ends, which will require a legal change. So he's really loading the deck with people who have worked with him and people that can help him achieve his goals.
>> Abe says the main purpose of the reshuffle is to speed up the completion of his so-called Abenomics reform plan. So far his efforts have done little to pull Japan out of a downward economic spiral