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Nondescript Kishida cabinet heads into Upper House election

Campaigning for the House of Councilors election is in full swing. Addressing high commodity prices has emerged out of the blue as an issue in the election, but interest in the election itself is not high. Meanwhile, the opposition parties don’t have their act together. It is hard to imagine things will develop in some dramatic fashion. The focus is….Read more

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LDP heavyweights in fragile solidarity as they jockey for key personnel positions in post-election reshuffle

By Sawada Daisuke   When the Upper House election officially kicked off on June 22, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo was in Tokyo’s Yurakucho district. Giving a campaign speech for a Liberal Democratic Party candidate, he stressed the need for compiling a second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year after the election.   A junior lawmaker close to Abe….Read more

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Kishida replaces top MOD bureaucrat to demonstrate where power lies

In his contribution to Weekly Diamond, seasoned political journalist Goto Kenichi looked into Prime Minister Kishida’s recent decision to replace Vice Defense Minister Shimada Kazuhisa with Commissioner Suzuki Atsuo of the Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency, interpreting the move as the premier’s “opening salvo” against the continuing interference in his political management by his predecessor. The following is the gist….Read more

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Scholars discuss reasons for strong public support for Kishida

The weekly magazine Shukan Asahi carried a discussion between University of Tokyo Professor emeritus Mikuriya Takashi and Open University of Japan Professor Matsubara Ryuichiro, in which they speculated on the reasons for strong public support for Prime Minister Kishida and his cabinet. Matsubara argued that although the public may have the impression that Kishida is doing very well in responding….Read more

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Kishida increasingly popular with the elderly

Sunday’s Nikkei front-paged an analysis of the results of its monthly public opinion polls showing strong support for the Kishida administration among the elderly compared with the Abe and Suga administrations. Approval for the Kishida cabinet among people aged 40 or older is 6 to 7 points higher than that for the Abe cabinet. In contrast, support for Kishida has….Read more

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Personnel change at Defense Ministry creates stir

A digital story in the weekly magazine FRIDAY delved into what was behind the decision by the Kishida administration on June 17 to appoint Suzuki Atsuo, Commissioner of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, as administrative vice minister of Defense to succeed outgoing Vice Minister Shimada Kazuhisa. Shimada had been an assistant to former Prime Minister Abe for six and….Read more

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Kishida eyes reward points system to ease impact of rising electricity prices

Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei wrote that at the first meeting on Tuesday of a government task force on rising prices, Prime Minister Kishida mentioned a government plan to establish a new system to ease the impact of rising electricity prices by awarding power-saving households points that can be used to lower their utility bills. The papers speculated that the….Read more

  • June 22, 2022
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Kishida vows to fight inflation

All broadcasters reported on the first meeting of a GOJ taskforce charged with curbing price increases that was held at the Kantei, noting that in his opening remarks, Prime Minister Kishida voiced the administration’s resolve to rein in skyrocketing inflation. “We will protect people’s livelihoods and businesses from the adverse effects of spikes in prices by implementing without fail the….Read more

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Japan’s ruling LDP has highest pre-election support at 27%, Kyodo News first trend survey

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has the highest support rate prior to the House of Councillors election set for July 10, pulling well ahead of opposition parties, a Kyodo News survey showed Sunday.   In a nationwide telephone survey conducted on Saturday and Sunday, 27.3 percent of respondents said they will vote for the LDP led by Prime Minister Fumio….Read more

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Replacement of administrative vice defense minister causing stir

Saturday’s Yomiuri reported that the GOJ’s decision on Friday to replace Administrative Vice Minister of Defense Shimada Kazuhisa is causing a stir within the GOJ and the ruling coalition. According to the paper, Shimada served as a secretary to then-Prime Minister Abe for six and a half years and was assigned to the current position in August 2020. The paper….Read more

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