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Kishida to stay in cabinet, Ishiba rejects post

  • August 3, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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All papers wrote that Regional Revitalization Minister Ishiba has decided to leave the cabinet despite an offer from PM Abe to remain in the belief that his political presence will keep falling as long as he stays in the cabinet and that time has come for him to begin campaigning to seek the LDP presidency after Abe steps down in September 2018. The premier reportedly was unhappy about Ishiba turning down the offer for a different cabinet post, viewing the rejection as a declaration by Ishiba that he will become Abe’s political foe. On the other hand, Foreign Minister Kishida chose to heed the prime minister’s request for him to remain in his current post even though he personally wanted to become LDP secretary general. The foreign minister reportedly concluded that being loyal to the premier will improve his chances of becoming LDP president after Abe.


The dailies highlighted Abe’s appointment of Inada as defense chief, noting that the move reflected the premier’s strong confidence in her on account of her conservative ideology. The four-term Lower House legislator from Fukui Prefecture is now emerging as a powerful candidate to succeed the prime minister. Tokyo Shimbun wrote that Abe tapped one of his most trusted political allies to take charge of implementing the comprehensive security laws so that he and Inada can manage the SDF as a team. The premier also wants Inada to obtain foreign policy and security expertise so that she will be more qualified to assume the premiership.

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