&to=http://english.pravda.ru/diplomatic/2003/01/09/41765.html' target=_blank>Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro reshuffled his cabinet Monday to try to boost his popularity and give impetus to reform - particularly postal privatisation - but the mix of familiar faces with relative unknowns raised some doubts about whether he would achieve those goals.
Heizo Takenaka, a key architect of many of Koizumi's economic reforms, retained his portfolio in charge of macro-economics and, as expected, assumed a new post in charge of reform of the postal system - a centerpiece of Koizumi's agenda.
"We should use shock therapy to sober up the Americans. In this case, the Americans will speak about the need to resume dialogue. There is no other option"
The United States is concerned about the current crisis in the relations with Russia and suggests returning to reasonable policies to avoid a nuclear war