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Kishida and Hayashi groping for China diplomacy

By Aibara Ryo and Takada Masayuki, Beijing   The second Kishida administration appointed Hayashi Yoshimasa new Foreign Minister. Hayashi must seek a path for achieving stable relations with China in the context of the Japan-U.S. alliance amid increasing tensions between China and the U.S. The diplomatic capability of Hayashi and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, head and the senior member of….Read more

  • November 12, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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Cabinet support remains steady

Sunday’s Mainichi published the results of its latest public opinion poll that put support for the Kishida administration at 48%, down 1 point from six weeks ago, and nonsupport at 43%, up 3 points. Support for the Japan Innovation Party doubled to 16%, exceeding support for the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (12%) to make it the most popular opposition….Read more

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Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi: China hand or too pro-Beijing?

TOKYO — Japan’s new Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi will immediately be shoved into the driver’s seat of a fast-moving car, tasked with avoiding the roadblocks and potholes looming ahead, mostly related to China.   Japan’s Senkaku Islands, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, lie just 170 km away from Taiwan. That is a five-minute flight for a Chinese jet….Read more

  • November 11, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:56 p.m.
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Kishida’s picks for top diplomat and rights adviser hint at striking balance on China

BY JESSE JOHNSON AND SATOSHI SUGIYAMA, STAFF WRITERS   With two prominent personnel changes to his administration, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may be signaling he’s planning to take a more balanced and nuanced approach to Japan’s dealings with China.   Kishida on Wednesday formally appointed former education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi as the country’s new foreign minister and made onetime defense….Read more

  • November 10, 2021
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Profile: Harvard-educated new Foreign Minister Hayashi often seen as pro-China

TOKYO – Japan’s newly appointed Harvard-educated foreign minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, considered a potential candidate for future premier, is often seen as holding a “pro-China” stance by conservatives in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.   The appointment of Hayashi, 60, who was picked in 2017 as head of a nonpartisan parliamentary group promoting Japan-China friendship, comes as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida….Read more

  • November 10, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 5:01 p.m.
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CCS Matsuno first in line of succession to PM Kishida

At his first Cabinet meeting held on Nov. 10, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio designated the order of acting prime minister when he is unable to perform his duties as prime minister due to overseas travels or illness. First in line of succession is Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu, followed by Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate Noda Seiko;….Read more

  • November 11, 2021
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Mori Masako appointed as special advisor to PM on female empowerment

At a press conference held on Nov. 10, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu announced the appointment of former Minister of Justice Mori Masako and former Minister of Defense Nakatani Gen as special advisors to the prime minister on female empowerment and international human rights issues, respectively. Kihara Seiji and Murai Hideki have been reappointed as special advisors to the prime….Read more

  • November 11, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
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Editorial: Onus is now on Kishida to flesh out his grand vision

  Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, armed with a fresh mandate to govern following his party’s solid victory in the Oct. 31 Lower House election, formed his second Cabinet on Nov. 10 to replace the one he created when he took over a little more than a month ago.   Kishida now must show he is worthy of voters’ expectations. In particular,….Read more

  • November 11, 2021
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:15 p.m.
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Editorial: Can Japan PM Kishida’s new Cabinet stay independent, deliver on policies?

The second Cabinet of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was inaugurated on Nov. 10, and it faces a mountain of issues, both internally and externally. How will it steer Japan through these difficult times?   Following the Oct. 31 House of Representatives election, Kishida stated that he had “gained the public’s confidence.” This being the case, he bears a heavy responsibility.….Read more

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Kishida launches second cabinet

The Thursday editions of all national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Kishida was reelected by both houses of the Diet and launched his second cabinet on Wednesday. Kishida named former Education Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa as foreign minister, former Defense Minister Nakatani Gen as special advisor on human rights, and former Justice Minister Mori Masako as special advisor on women’s empowerment.

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