Prime Minister Fumio Kishida replaced the female minister in charge of dealing with the country's falling birthrate and installed a man who tried to deepen his understanding of the issue by trying out a pregnancy belly. On Wednesday, Kishida reshuffled his Cabinet and appointed former Bank of Japan official Masanobu Ogura, 41, to take over the post from the ruling party veteran Seiko Noda, a mother of one. In an interview with the Associated Press last month, she blamed a male-dominated political world for indifference and ignorance toward a plunging birthrate that has become an increasingly serious threat to its economy.
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