(Reuters) - Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has decided to appoint lower house lawmaker Makoto Taki as justice minister following the resignation of Keishu Tanaka on Tuesday, the Nikkei reported.

Taki served as justice minister until the cabinet reshuffle of October 1, the paper said.

Tanaka resigned within a few weeks of taking office because of ill health, after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organized crime syndicate.

Noda brought back Taki to minimize the impact of the second resignation by a minister since he took office in September 2011, the business daily said.

(Reporting By Garima Goel in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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