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Abe determined to pursue conservative agenda in forming new cabinet

  • September 11, 2019
  • , NTV, TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi
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Commercial broadcasters’ soft news programs gave prominent coverage to the new cabinet lineup that Prime Minister Abe plans to launch later today. They focused on the politicians who have been given key ministerial portfolios, including Koichi Hagiuda (education minister) and Seiichi Eto (minister in charge of Okinawa affairs). Pointing out that most of the new cabinet ministers are politically and ideologically close to the prime minister and have been his ardent supporters for many years, the networks speculated that Abe was keen to launch a cabinet composed of his “friends and allies” in order to aggressively pursue his conservative agenda, including constitutional amendment and educational reform meant to play up patriotism. As his final term as LDP president is set to expire in about two years, the broadcasters conjectured that Abe is anxious to leave a legacy in Nagatacho for years to come by empowering younger like-minded followers. The networks also observed that the premier appears to be confident that he will be able to withstand criticism that the new cabinet is mainly composed of his confidants. 

 

TV-Asahi claimed that Abe’s selection of Motegi as foreign minister, Kono as defense minister, and Sugawara as trade minister signals his resolve to maintain a hard line toward South Korea. The network voiced concern that as some new cabinet members are regarded as “right-wing ideologues,” there will perhaps be repercussions in ties with neighbors.   

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