The three officials are Kazuo Matsunaga, the top bureaucrat at the trade ministry, Nobuaki Terasaka, head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, and Tetsuhiro Hosono, head of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.
Kaieda, who played a key role in handling the Fukushima crisis and who has said he intends to step down to take responsibility for missteps, vowed to carry out major changes in the ministry's personnel but did not say when he will resign.
"I'm planning to breathe fresh air into the ministry with a large-scale reshuffle," Kaieda told a news conference.
"This is what I've been thinking for about a month. I'll have new people rebuild the ministry."
Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called for gradually weaning Japan off of its dependence on nuclear power and has expressed growing distrust toward the trade ministry, which has promoted atomic energy.
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OK, so we just sack them 5 months down the track...... well done...... *Cough