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Cabinet support hits all-time low of 40.1%

(Tokyo Shimbun: July 18, 2015 – p. 6)    According to findings from a public opinion survey conducted by Jiji Press on July 10-13, the rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet plunged to 40.1%, down 5.7 percentage points from the last survey in the preceding month. The nonsupport rate was 39.5%. The Abe cabinet’s….Read more

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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Cabinet support at 37%, nonsupport at 46%

(Asahi: July 20, 2015—Top play)    In the wake of the House of Representatives’ recent passage of the government’s proposed package of security-related legislative measures, the Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based spot public opinion survey across the nation on July 18-19. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 37% (39% in the last….Read more

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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Cabinet support sags to 35%

(Mainichi: July 19, 2015—Top play)    In the wake of House of Representatives’ passage of the government’s proposed security-related legislation, the Mainichi Shimbun conducted a spot public opinion survey across the nation on July 17-18. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Abe and his cabinet was 35%, down 7 percentage points from the last survey conducted July 4-5,….Read more

  • 2015-07-21 15:00:00
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Gov’t appoints Shun Sakurai as Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications

(Sankei: July 17, 2015 – p. 1)    Shun Sakurai, vice minister for policy coordination at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, will be appointed to the position of vice minister to succeed the outgoing incumbent Toshio Oishi.    The appointment will be issued this month, the government said on July 16.    Sakurai worked for many years in….Read more

  • 2015-07-17 15:00:00
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga welcomes Iran nuclear deal

(Mainichi: July 16, 2015 – p.5)    In reference to the comprehensive agreement between Iran and six countries (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) on Iran’s nuclear issue, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on July 15: “We welcome persistent efforts by the parties concerned. We will monitor the situation to see if the agreement will be firmly….Read more

  • 2015-07-16 15:00:00
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Cabinet nonsupport tops support in media polls

(Akahata: July 14, 2015 – p. 1)    Amid the surge of voices doubting, criticizing, and opposing the war legislation, the Abe cabinet’s support ratings are on a downward slope. The Abe cabinet’s disapproval rating topped its approval rating in the latest public opinion surveys released by NHK on July 13, Nippon Television Network’s Nippon News Network (NNN) on July….Read more

  • 2015-07-15 15:00:00
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Cabinet nonsupport at 42%, support at 39%

(Asahi: July 14, 2015—p. 1)    The Asahi Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on July 11-12. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 39%, with the nonsupport rate at 42%. The Abe cabinet’s public approval and disapproval ratings have now changed places. The support rate was the same….Read more

  • 2015-07-14 15:00:00
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Cabinet Office decides to translate key fiscal restructuring term as “benchmark”

(Nikkei: July 14, 2015 – p. 5)    The Cabinet Office announced on July 13 that it will translate the term “meyasu,” meaning the level of spending cuts in the fiscal restructuring plan, as “benchmark(s).” “Benchmark” has the meaning of “standard,” and compared to the term “target” previously used in fiscal restructuring plans, has less binding power on budget formulation….Read more

  • 2015-07-14 15:00:00
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Five million yen donated by corporation to political groups related to Olympics Minister Endo

(Sankei: July 8, 2015 – Top play)    The Sankei Shimbun learned on July 7 from political funds reports that three political organizations related to Toshiaki Endo, 65, minister in charge of preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, received a total of 5 million yen in donations from four executives of “Hirata Bokujo,” a processed food company, in….Read more

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Finance Ministry names next Vice Finance Minister

(Nikkei: July 8, 2015 – p.5)    The Minister of Finance and the Minister of State for Financial Services Taro Aso announced on July 7 the next senior personnel changes for the ministry and the Financial Services Agency effective on that day. Kazuho Tanaka, who joined the ministry in 1979 and is currently Director General of the Budget Bureau, was….Read more

  • 2015-07-08 15:00:00
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