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PM Kishida delivers policy speech at Diet

All national dailies led with reports on the policy speech that Prime Minister Kishida delivered at the extraordinary Diet session that began on Monday. The papers highlighted Kishida’s announcement that the GOJ will spend one trillion yen ($7 billion) over the next five years on “reskilling” programs to help workers move into growth sectors. Kishida also announced that the government….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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Yamagiwa admits he met with head of former Unification Church

Mainichi, Nikkei, and Yomiuri reported that Minister in Charge of Economic Revitalization Yamagiwa disclosed at a news conference on Monday that he met with Han Hak-ja, the head of the former Unification Church, at an event hosted by the group in Tokyo in 2018. Yamagiwa failed to explain that he met with Han when he admitted on Sept. 20 that….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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Public support for Kishida Cabinet drops to record low

TBS reported at noon on the results of its opinion poll conducted over the weekend, which found that public support for the Kishida Cabinet dropped by 5.4 points from last month to a record low of 42.7%. Nonsupport rose 5.6 points to 53.9%. Concerning the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe, 54% expressed disapproval. Meanwhile, 71% said they highly….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
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Kishida’s popularity slides further as more people disapprove of Abe’s state funeral

Today’s Yomiuri and Asahi front-paged the results of their latest public opinion surveys conducted over the weekend that pointed to prolonged public criticism of the Kishida administration. Yomiuri put support for the cabinet at 45%, down 5 points from a month ago, and nonsupport at 46%, up 5 points. This was the first time for disapproval to exceed approval in….Read more

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Kishida’s failure to thoroughly explain funeral undercut effort to play up “condolence diplomacy”

Sunday’s Asahi claimed that Prime Minister Kishida’s bid to play up “condolence diplomacy” in organizing the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe apparently failed because he did not explain the reasons for holding the event carefully enough. Even his close allies admitted that the public was apparently not swayed by his emphasis on diplomacy, with a source close to….Read more

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State funeral for Abe held amid public opposition, tight security 

All national dailies gave prominent front- and inside-page coverage to the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe held at the Nippon Budokan on Tuesday afternoon. In attendance at the event were some 700 international dignitaries, including heads of state and their equivalents from about 50 nations, including Vice President Harris, Indian Prime Minister Modi, Australian Prime Minister Albanese, and Vietnamese President….Read more

  • September 28, 2022
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Kishida eager to showcase strong Quad unity 

Yomiuri reported on Prime Minister Kishida’s meetings with the prime ministers of India and Australia at the Akasaka Palace held on Tuesday in the run-up to the state funeral for Abe, saying that combined with his talks with Vice President Harris on Monday, the meetings enabled the Japanese leader to demonstrate his commitment to carrying forward the deceased statesman’s policy….Read more

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Impact of “funeral diplomacy” to be limited  

Mainichi claimed that although Prime Minister Kishida is capitalizing on the state funeral to play up his foreign policy stewardship by meeting with numerous international dignitaries, the impact of his “funeral diplomacy” will not be significant given the absence of incumbent G7 leaders at the ceremony and the limited amount of time he can spend with each guest. While quoting a….Read more

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Cartoon: Kishida gov’t enters dangerous waters

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Kishida may face moment of truth amid slide in cabinet support

Mainichi wrote that Prime Minister Kishida told reporters when he was asked on Tuesday about the results of recent opinion surveys showing declining public support for his cabinet that he shouldn’t oscillate between hope and despair in response to each public survey result and will listen carefully to people’s opinions and deal with outstanding issues sincerely. The paper expressed the….Read more

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