Sun, 27 Sep 2020

TOKYO, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Seven-time Olympian Seiko Hashimoto on Wednesday retained her post as the Olympic Minister in the newly-formed cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

Hashimoto, 55, became one of eight members to keep the same post and the only female member besides Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa.

The 71-year-old Suga succeeded Shinzo Abe to become Japan's first new prime minister in nearly eight years. Abe resigned citing health problems.

Hashimoto has the most Olympic appearances of any Japanese athlete, competing in four consecutive Winter Olympic Games from 1984 to 1994 as a speed skater and three consecutive Summer Olympics from 1988 to 1996 as a track cyclist.

Appointed by Abe as the Olympic Minister in September last year, Hashimoto pledged that the postponed Olympic Games should be held next year.

"I think we have to hold the Games at any cost," she said last week. "I want to concentrate all our efforts on measures against the coronavirus."

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