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Abe plays safe in Cabinet reshuffle to ride out leadership crisis

But analysts say it will do little for govt's popularity ratings which have slipped below 'danger' level

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Mr Kono, whose appointment as foreign minister was a surprise, is known for his outspoken views.

Tokyo

BESET by a series of political scandals and allegations of "arrogance" in forcing through controversial measures during his four years in office, embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attempted on Thursday to shore up his shaky position with a Cabinet reshuffle.

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