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Top U.S., Japanese diplomats confirm close coordination in responding to DPRK missile launch

NHK reported on a teleconference between Foreign Minister Hayashi and Secretary of State Blinken that was hastily arranged this morning following North Korea’s latest missile launch. They denounced the provocation as posing a grave and pressing threat to Japan and a clear and serious threat to the international community. They agreed to deepen bilateral and trilateral coordination with Seoul to….Read more

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Prime minister’s schedule on October 3, 2022

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Rumor that Kishida may resign after Hiroshima Summit as he continues to be in tight spot

By Izumi Hiroshi, journalist   Some say Kishida will ”dissolve Lower House again” while others say “Kishida will resign after Hiroshima Summit”   Prime Minister Kishida Fumio managed to hold the state funeral, which was a major undertaking. His next challenge, though, will be the extraordinary Diet session to be convened from Oct. 3. A battle between the ruling and….Read more

  • September 29, 2022
  • , Shukan Toyo Keizai digital , 5:00 a.m.
  • JMH Translation

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Ruling parties have sense of crisis as support rate fails to rebound

In the Asahi Shimbun’s nationwide public opinion poll conducted on Oct. 1–2, the disapproval rating for the Kishida Cabinet reached 50% for the first time (47% in the previous survey conducted in September), and the approval rating hit a record low of 40% (41%). A sense of crisis is spreading through the government and ruling parties as adverse circumstances are….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
  • , Asahi evening edition , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

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Kishida gov’t getting derailed due to poor coordination inside Kantei

By Nishimura Keishi   The government of Kishida Fumio is sliding into disarray. What is causing this derailment?   “The Kishida government does not have someone like Suga, who as chief cabinet secretary wielded a strong influence in the Abe government,” analyses a mid-ranking lawmaker in the Liberal Democratic Party, who attributes the administration’s current debacle to the lack of….Read more

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Editorial: Kishida must present specific road map for economic revitalization

It is not enough to only express a determination to work on measures to combat soaring prices and correct economic disparity. A specific road map for economic revitalization must be presented and tangible results must be produced.   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has delivered policy speeches in plenary sessions of both chambers of the Diet. “Revitalization of Japan’s economy is….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:58 a.m.
  • English Press

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Kishida Cabinet approval rating takes a hit from rising prices, Unification Church issue and Abe state funeral

By Chie Morifuji / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer   More people say they disapprove of the Kishida Cabinet than those who approve of it, a recent nationwide poll conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun found, sparking a strong sense of crisis within the government and ruling coalition.   The approval rating has fallen below 50%, and the political distrust over the….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 p.m.
  • English Press

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Kishida tries to put focus on economy after Unification Church controversy

By Kanako Takahara, staff writer   An extraordinary parliamentary session kicked off Monday with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida making economic policies — from measures to tackle inflation and a weaker yen, to raising wages and investing in growing industries — the first and foremost priority.   It was thought the three years after Kishida’s win in the Upper House election….Read more

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Persistent gender gap and use of social media key takeaways from Okinawa votes

The Okinawa Times — Local election activity in Okinawa Prefecture reached new heights on Sept. 11, with multiple municipal elections held simultaneously with the gubernatorial election for the first time in the prefecture’s history.   The number of female candidates and winners in the 24 municipal assembly elections increased from previous polls, but the 49 women who got seats still….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
  • English Press

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Five opposition parties jointly submit revision to Diet Act

Five opposition parties including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) jointly submitted a revision to the Diet Act. The revision stipulates that the government must convene the Diet within 20 days of a call to convene an extraordinary Diet session based on the Constitution. The five parties that submitted the revision were the CDPJ, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan….Read more

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