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Japan’s opposition CDP launches “next cabinet”

  • September 13, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:37 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)–The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan announced Tuesday its “next cabinet” roster of party members to fill ministerial posts if the main opposition party takes power in the future.


The same day, the party held the first meeting of the next cabinet, in which party leader Kenta Izumi serves as the next prime minister.


“Having next ministers is the first step in showing that we have the capacity to run the government,” Izumi told reporters.


The CDP launched a shadow cabinet for the first time. Such a move was started by its predecessor, the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan.


The CDP constitution was amended to allow the next cabinet, instead of the Policy Research Committee board, to make policy decisions.


Party policy chief Akira Nagatsuma was picked as the next chief cabinet secretary, and former Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba as the next minister in charge of foreign affairs and security.


The next cabinet includes five women, including Hiroe Makiyama, the next justice minister.


Among young lawmakers, Yuki Waseda, who has been elected to the House of Representatives twice, was named the next health, labor and welfare minister.


The next cabinet members will be in charge of debating with members of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet at an extraordinary parliamentary session expected to start next month.


It remains to be seen whether the launch of the next cabinet will help shore up public support for the CDP, which suffered defeats in last year’s Lower House poll and the House of Councillors election in July.

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