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Interview: Industry minister stresses need to restart N-plants

Tokyo, Aug. 13 (Jiji Press)–New Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura sees the need to bring more nuclear plants back online, in order to secure a stable supply of electricity.     In an interview Friday, Nishimura said that the government will work to ensure that up to nine reactors are in operation in winter.     “We are aware that it is important….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 4:28 p.m.
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All LDP members of new Kishida Cabinet belong to pro-Yasukuni groups

All 19 ministers affiliated with the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the second cabinet of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio launched on Aug. 10 are members of one of the two parliamentary groups which promote visits to Yasukuni Shrine, according to a survey conducted by Shimbun Akahata. The groups are the parliamentary league of Japan Conference (Nippon Kaigi) and the parliamentary….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
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Expert: New Kishida Cabinet represents typical factional politics

The following is a commentary by University of Tokyo Professor Emeritus Mikuriya Takashi.   The recent Cabinet reshuffle and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) executive board appointments reflect typical factional politics. The Cabinet and party leadership include members of both large and small factions. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio must have thought about the lineup carefully. The Cabinet members truly represent a….Read more

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Editorial: Kishida opts for continuity and stability in new Cabinet

The creation of a government tells us much about the person who made it.   In the case of Fumio Kishida’s second Cabinet, announced earlier this week, we learned little new about the sitting prime minister. The new lineup is remarkably consistent with that of its predecessor, a government forged under the influence of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It….Read more

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Takaichi designated second in line to serve as acting PM under Kishida administration

The seating order for new ministers under the second Kishida administration at the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] preceding cabinet meetings as well as the minister’s reception hall inside the National Diet Building was confirmed on Aug. 10. The No. 2 seat, to the left of Kishida, was given to Minister for Economic Security Takaichi Sanae, and the No. 3 seat,….Read more

  • August 11, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 5
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Over 100 Japan lawmakers had links with Unification Church: survey

TOKYO — More than 100 of all the 712 lawmakers in Japan have had some connections with the controversial Unification Church, with nearly 80 percent of them belonging to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday.   In the survey with a response rate of over 80 percent, 106 had links with the church such as….Read more

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At least 19 state ministers and parliamentary vice ministers linked to Unification Church 

The Saturday editions of all national newspapers reported that the GOJ decided at an extraordinary cabinet meeting on Friday on the appointment of 26 state ministers and 28 parliamentary vice ministers under the reshuffled Kishida Cabinet. According to Nikkei, six members of the Abe faction, four each from the Aso and Motegi factions and three from the Kishida faction, were appointed….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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Study panel on “spiritual sales” to be set up at Consumer Affairs Agency 

All national papers reported on Saturday that Consumer Affair Minister Kono held his first press conference on Friday since assuming his new post and disclosed that he has ordered the Consumer Affairs Agency to set up as early as this month a study panel on “spiritual sales,” a practice utilized by the Unification Church of selling goods such as vases….Read more

  • August 13, 2022
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Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Nishimura visits Yasukuni Shrine 

Sunday’s Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, and Sankei reported that new Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Nishimura visited Yasukuni Shrine on Saturday ahead of the anniversary of the end of WWII on Sunday. Nishimura is the first cabinet member to visit the shrine since the launch of the Kishida Cabinet last October. Nishimura, who belongs to the Abe faction, reportedly told….Read more

  • August 14, 2022
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Sankei
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Cabinet approval rating falls to 51%, Yomiuri poll

In light of the launch by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of his second Cabinet on Aug. 10, the Yomiuri Shimbun conducted an emergency opinion poll on Aug. 10 – 11. The approval rating for the Kishida Cabinet was 51%, dropping by six percentage points from the previous survey conducted on Aug. 5 – 7 immediately before the Cabinet reshuffle to….Read more

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