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Appointments for vice-minister and parliamentary secretary posts given to LDP factions in proportion to membership

  • August 6, 2016
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The government decided on the appointments for 25 vice-minister and 27 parliamentary secretary posts in a cabinet meeting on Aug. 5. The vice-minister and parliamentary secretary posts were provided to the factions of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the LDP’s coalition partner, the Komeito party, more or less in proportion to their membership. Therefore, the LDP factions and Komeito think that “the factional balance has been maintained in accordance with the number of ministerial posts provided to the LDP factions and Komeito,” according to an LDP source.

 

Of the 52 vice-minister and parliamentary secretary posts in total, seven vice-minister and seven parliamentary secretary posts were given to the Hosoda faction, the largest group in the LDP. Five vice-minister posts and three parliamentary secretary posts were provided to the Nukaga faction. Two vice-minister posts and three parliamentary secretary posts each were provided to the Kishida, Aso, and Nikai factions.

 

Regarding the Ishiba faction, Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ken Saito has been retained in his post and one faction member was appointed as a parliamentary secretary.

 

The Ishihara faction was given one vice-minister post and one parliamentary secretary post.

 

Only one parliamentary post was offered to the Santo faction, the smallest group, and no cabinet minister post was provided to it. Three vice minister posts and three parliamentary secretary posts were given to Komeito.

 

The government appointed one woman as vice-minister and three women as parliamentary secretaries. (Slightly abridged)

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