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Minister Kato says government not planning to rely on immigrants

(Nikkei: November 28, 2015 – p. 4)    In a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on Nov. 27, Minister in Charge of Promoting Dynamic Engagement of All Citizens Katsunobu Kato expressed a negative view about the possibility of accepting immigrants as a countermeasure against population decline. The minister said: “The Abe administration is not looking into the….Read more

  • 2015-11-30 15:00:00
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Cabinet sees support rate rebound to 49%

(Nikkei: November 30, 2015 – p. 1)    According to a public opinion poll conducted by Nikkei Inc. and TV Tokyo on Nov. 27–29, support for the Abe cabinet has recovered to 49%, up by 8 percentage points from the previous survey taken in late October. The nonsupport rate declined by 6 percentage points to 36%. The poll also asked….Read more

  • 2015-11-30 15:00:00
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Cabinet approval rating returns to “pre-security legislation” level

(Nikkei: November 30, 2015 – p. 2)    According to a public opinion poll conducted by Nikkei Inc., support for the Abe cabinet has recovered to 49%, returning to levels seen before conflict escalated between the ruling and opposition parties during the Diet debate over the security legislation. It looks like the public is responding favorably to Abe’s renewed focus….Read more

  • 2015-11-30 15:00:00
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Minister Amari gives “inside story” of TPP talks

(Bungeishunju: December 2015, pp. 244-253)    By TPP Minister Akira Amari    The ministerial meeting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in Atlanta ended on Oct. 5, and a basic agreement was reached.    This was two years and seven months after I was appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the minister in charge of the TPP talks. It….Read more

  • 2015-11-25 15:00:00
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TPP Minister Amari: Transform agriculture into a growth industry

(Nikkei: November 13, 2015 – p. 33)    By Akira Amari, minister for economic and fiscal policy and economic revitalization    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting in Atlanta ended successfully and a basic agreement was reached in the negotiations. An economic sphere made up of 800 million people and nearly 40% of the world economy will now be formed.….Read more

  • 2015-11-13 15:00:00
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Cabinet support rises to 51%

(Yomiuri: November 10, 2015 – p. 2)    The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted a telephone-based public opinion survey across the nation on Nov. 6-8. The rate of public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet was 51%, up 5 percentage points from the 46% rating in the last survey conducted Oct. 7-8, topping 50% for the first time in….Read more

  • 2015-11-10 15:00:00
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Cabinet support among farmers plummets to 18%

(Tokyo Shimbun: November 6, 2015 – p. 2)      In the wake of the recent Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, the support rate for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet among the nation’s farmers was down to 18%, according to findings from an attitude survey conducted by the Nihon Nogyo Shimbun (Japan Agricultural News), a newspaper for agricultural interests.….Read more

  • 2015-11-06 15:00:00
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Minister for empowering all citizens holds key to success of Abenomics

(Themis: November 2015 – pp. 14-15)    Katsunobu Kato, minister for promoting the dynamic engagement of all citizens, is a close family friend of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He was put in charge of formulating policies for the “second stage of Abenomics,” taking advantage of his strong influence over the bureaucracy as the previous chief of the Cabinet Bureau of….Read more

  • 2015-11-04 15:00:00
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Minister Shimajiri: Okinawa development and base issues should be kept separate

(Mainichi: October 29, 2015 – p. 5)    Interview with new Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories, and Science and Technology Policy Aiko Shimajiri (50)    Q: The confrontation between the national government and the Okinawa Prefectural Government is intensifying over the issue of the relocation of U.S. military Futenma Air Station (Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture).    Shimajiri:….Read more

  • 2015-10-29 15:00:00
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Minister says gov’t will draw up “effective” measures to empower all citizens

(Nikkei: October 28, 2015 – p. 4)    Katsunobu Kato, minister for promoting dynamic engagement of all citizens, gave an interview to Nikkei and other media outlets on Oct. 27. Regarding the urgent policies to be compiled by the end of November, he indicated that “they will consist mostly of measures that will directly lead to attaining the specific goals….Read more

  • 2015-10-28 15:00:00
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