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A10 sundav. i)i;ci;mhi;k .). iwo I.OS ANGEI.LS TIMES Kaifu Shuffles Cabinet but Not Policy Japan: It's mostly a ritual change, but the justice minister who insulted American blacks is sacked. By KARL SCHOENBERGER TIMES STAFF WRITER TOKYO Prime Minister Toshi-ki Kaifu carried out a ritual reshuffling of his Cabinet on Saturday, sacking the justice minister who outraged black Americans with a racial slur in September but otherwise doing little to change the balance of power in his stop-gap administration. Kaifu retained three key Cabinet aides Foreign Minister Taro Na-kayama, Finance Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and Chief Cabinet Secretary Misoji Sakamoto and left unchanged the three top officers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party hierarchy. Although he rotated the remaining Cabinet posts among senior Liberal Democrats, Kaifu resisted demands by party bosses that he open his Cabinet to lawmakers who have been tainted by allegations of corruption. Yet Kaifu, viewed here as a fairly powerless prime minister, caved in to internal party pressure and staged his Cabinet shake-up a week earlier than he had planned. This made little apparent difference in the composition of his new team, but in the arcane world of Japanese clout politics, Kaifu was reminded of his weakness and the relative tenuousness of his position. Perhaps no more than a byproduct of the realignment, but a significant one for some U.S. critics, was the dismissal of Seiroku Kaji-yama, whom Kaifu had appointed as justice minister only three months ago. Shortly after assuming his post, Kajiyama observed a police raid on foreign prostitutes in a Tokyo red-light district and remarked to reporters that he thought the prostitutes were just like blacks in America because they were ruining the neighborhood. Kajiyama later apologized for the slur, but both he and Kaifu had rejected repeated calls for his resignation. Kaifu replaced Kajiyama as justice minister with Megumu Sato, a former minister of posts and telecommunications. He named Kajiyama, however, to a prestigious party job, chairman of the LDP's Legislative Affairs Committee. Kaifu also appointed a woman to his Cabinet, choosing Akiko Santo, an upper house member, to head the Science and Technology Agency. As a sop to angry women voters last year, Kaifu put two women in his initial Cabinet but dropped them both in his first reshuffle after the LDP won a major election victory last February. The conservative, pro-American Liberal Democrats, though split into rival factions, have controlled the government continuously since 1955. Nearly annual Cabinet realignments are a means of redistributing the perquisites of power among senior members of the various LDP factions and rarely have anything to do with policy shifts. Kaifu rose from obscurity to become a caretaker prime minister last year after the ruling party was badly shaken by a series of sex scandals and the sensational Recruit insider stock-trading case. Kaifu has survived adroitly in his seat-warming role amid a power vacuum, partly because of his clean image as a would-be political reformer. But Tokyo is filled with persistent rumors of behind-the-scenes machinations to unseat him before his two-year term expires next October. In Saturday's Cabinet reshuffle, Kaifu scored a minor victory by defying the LDP's powerful factional leaders, who had reportedly hoped to test the water for their return to more formal power by rehabilitating some scandal-tainted politicians. The party bosses evidently sought Cabinet posts for Japan's New Cabinet Lineup Here is a lineup of Cabinet members after Saturday's reshuffling by Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Holdovers in their posts are designated with an asterisk. Foreign Minister: Taro Nakayama, 66. Finance Minister: Ryutaro Hashimoto, 53. Justice Minister: Megumu Sato, 66. Education Minister: Yutaka Inoue, 63. Health and Welfare Minister: Shinichiro Shimojo, 70. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister: Motoji Kondo, 60. International Trade and Industry Minister.- Eiichi Nakao, 60. Transport Minister: Kanezo Muraoka, 59. Posts and Telecommunications Minister: Katsutsugu Sekiya, 52. Labor Minister: Sadatoshi Ozato, 60. Construction Minister: Yuji Otsuka, 61. Home Affairs Minister: Akira Fukida, 63. Chief Cabinet Secretary: Misoji Sakamoto, 67. Agency heads: Management and Coordination Agency: Man Sasaki, 64. Hokkaido Development Agency and Okinawa Development Agency (two posts): Yoichi Tani, 64. Defense Agency: Yukihiko Ikeda, 53. Economic Planning Agency: Michio Ochi, 61. Science and Technology Agency: Akiko Santo, 48. Environment Agency: Kazuo Aichi, 53. National Land Agency: Mamoru Nishida, 62. Associated Press Koko Sato, who was convicted in the Lockheed bribery case in the 1970s, as well as for LDP stalwarts linked to the more recent Recruit scandal. But a ruling party lawmaker was indicted Thursday on tax evasion charges related to stock speculation, and that development seems to have given Kaifu the moral high ground for the time being. The new Cabinet, meanwhile, can be expected to maintain the course set by past administrations. Argentina Frees 2 Junta Members, Guerrilla Leader From Reuters BUENOS AIRES-Former military junta members Jorge R. Vide-la and Roberto E. Viola and guerrilla leader Mario Firmenich were granted pardons Saturday by Argentine President Carlos Saul Menem. Videla and Viola ruled Argentina during one of its bloodiest periods. The two have been imprisoned since 1984 for responsibility in the so-called "Dirty War," the 1976-83 dictatorship's crackdown on left-wing guerrillas and political dissidents. Videla, 65, a former army commander who became president after the armed forces toppled President Maria Estela Peron in March, 1976, was serving a life term. Viola, 66, succeeded Videla as the army's commander in 1978 and became president in March, 1981. He was removed in a palace coup in December, 1981. He was serving a 17 -year term. Firmenich, 42, was the leader of the defunct Montonero guerrilla organization, Argentina's largest and deadliest guerrilla group. He was serving a 30-year term for his role in murders and kidnapings. Other former officers and officials tied to the junta are expected to be pardoned soon by Menem. OQ0OQQOO3OOI 40-55 OFF iTliiTIli IMM SAVINGS OFF ORIG. PRICES PLUS, YOUR CHOICE: KENT SILVERPLATED SERVEWARE, 49.99 i KENT "TRADITIONS" SILVIRPLATI BAKI AND SERVEWARE Fall '90, orig. 54.99-59.99 SALI 49.99 EACH Duo server, 2-qt. casserole, ice bucket, 2-qt. baker or 2-qt. French scroll casserole. Not in Downey, Santa Maria. Selection, styles vary by store. (48) 50 OFF HOLIDAY CHINA ssss (46) "Holly Holiday". Fall '90, orig. $15-$80 SALE 7.49-39.99 50 OFF TRIM-A-HOME (1 23) Decorations, giftware. Reg. $1 -$276 SALE .49c-1 37.99 50 OFF DINNERWARE cra (151) "Fairwinds". Curr. 1.49-26.19 SALE .74C-13.09 60 OFF HOLIDAY SERVEWARE 0s (48) Famous makers included. Orig. 12.50-$50 SALE 4.99-19.99 50 OFF GinS FOR THE VANITY (48) Victorian style silverplate. orig. $25-$50 1 2.49-34.99 50 OFF 5-PC. FLATWARE SETS sssffiss (498) Southwest patterns. Orig. $40-$50 SALE 19.99-24.99 20 OFF LUGGAGE SET CE5 (36) Leisure English tweed 4-pc.set. Curr. 1 99.99 SALE 1 59.99 Not all styles, selections in all stores. Quantities limited. WE DELIVER: 4.75 each small package plus sales tax in CA; $6 outside CA. Ask about bulk, semi-bulk delivery fees. "Lamps not in Monlclair, El Cajon, Riverside, Brea, Sherman Oaks, Palos Verdes, Montebello, Seventh Market Place, Bakerstield, Downey, Santa Maria, Las Vegas. "Not in Santa Maria, Downey. No mail, phone orders. Panorama City 8-10, Seventh Market Place 10-8. o 3 ATLANTIC SPACEMATES CARRY-ON GARMENT BAOS Spring '90, orig. $1 45-$1 90 40-35 OFF ORIGINAL PRICES Choose "Avante" or "Grasshopper" styles. Garment bag has a unique packing system. Holds up to 4 suits. Limited to stock on hand. (36) f FAMOUS NAME DISCONTINUED DINNERWARE Fall '90, orig. 19.99-$160 SALE 9.99-S9.99 Mikasa, Christopher Stuart, Dansk and Johnson Broth ers. 20 or 5-pc. sets. Except Santa Maria, Downey. (46) ORIENTAL PORCELAIN GIFTS Reg. $12-$400 SALE 5.99-199.99 Oriental designed porcelain gifts. Not in Montebello, Bakersfield, Downey, Santa Maria. Selections vary. (152) ASSORTED ALUMINUM STOCK POTS Fall '90, orig. $18-$24 40-55 OFF ORIG. PRICES Perfect for big batches of soups and stews. Your choice of 8-qt, 12-qt. or 16-qt. sizes. Selections vary. (151) FAMOUS NAME COOKWARE SETS, OPEN STOCK Curr. 10.99-169.99 SALE 5.49-84.99 Choose from Le Cooksware, Le Cuisine and Com-mercialware. Selections vary, limited quantities (151) SALE 14.99 YOUR CHOICE ASSORTED CRYSTAL GIFTWAREHOLLOWARE Choose from elegant vases, bowls, platters and mucn more, r-rom ramous maKers. (1 26) SALE 389.99 YOUR CHOICE CRYSTAL OR BRASS LAMP COLLECTION Curr. 399.99 ... EXTRA $10 OFF REDUCED PRICES Buy any 2 table, get matching floor lamp as bonus. (63) Regular and original 50 OFF ORIG. PRICES FULL LEAD CRYSTAL STEM AND BARWARE Fall '90, orig. 29.99-S60 SALE 1 4.99-29.99 Choose from assorted 4 and 5-piece sets. (1 26) 50 OFF ENTIRE STOCK SOUTHWEST THEME PRINTS Reg. 19.99-99.99 SALE 9.99-49.99 Choose assorted prints, sizes in wood frames.(63)' INTERIM MARKDOWNS HAVE BEEN T, 30 OFF REDUCED PRICES ALL RED TAG CLEARANCE TABLETOP Curr. $77-39.77 SALE $54-27.84 Collections include many famous makers. (562) SALE 9.99 YOUR CHOICE COLLECTION OF LUOGAOB TOTES Famous makers includes are Verdi, Atlantic, York and American Flyer. Limited to stock on hand. (36) nil A I I HDIftlMAI nDIPCDnUTUifnnp prices are offering prices only an? may or may notTiave resulted in sales. Advertised merchandise rrTay Ee avIilkHe at sale pnces in uocomina sales events SALE 14.99 YOUR CHOICE REGENCY CLUB FRUIT FESTIVAL COOKWARE Fall '90, orig. $25-$30 40-50 OFF ORIG. PRICES Choose from Dutch oven, buffet or casseroles. (151) 50 OFF ORIG. PRICES ALL FRAMES AND FRAME SETS Fall '90, orig. $8-$1 1 0 SALE $4-$55 Choose Barlow Art, Bumes of Boston, Loui Michel. (66)" may company

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