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Commentary: What’s behind the key appointments in Kishida’s new ‘unity Cabinet’

BY MICHAEL MACARTHUR BOSACK CONTRIBUTING WRITER   PYEONGTAEK, SOUTH KOREA – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday unveiled his first major Cabinet reshuffle as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party. The announcement also represents the first Cabinet shakeup since the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July.   Abe’s assassination last month has completely changed the political landscape….Read more

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Editorial: The second Kishida Cabinet should respond to the nation’s crises

The second Kishida Cabinet was launched.   The appointments of Kato Katsunobu as Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare for the third time and Hamada Yasukazu as Minister of Defense for the second time shows the Cabinet’s focus on policy implementation.   From the Abe faction, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio retained Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu and appointed Nishimura Yasutoshi….Read more

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Unification Church ties likely to weigh on Cabinet despite Kishida’s bid for stability

BY ERIC JOHNSTON STAFF WRITER   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s overhaul of Cabinet ministers and Liberal Democratic Party executives emphasized factional balance and experience, with the prime minister eyeing political stability in advance of the autumn parliament session and a busy 2023 political calendar.   But shuffling the deck may do little to improve the Kishida administration’s falling approval ratings, as experts….Read more

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Editorial: New cabinet must step up efforts to give shape to and implement reforms

The second Kishida administration was launched on Aug. 10. The cabinet formed by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio looks solid because he prioritized experience and expertise when selecting members. The premier is expected to take bold steps in pursuing reforms on key policy agenda items without letting the tradition of following precedents and vested interests come in the way.   Kishida….Read more

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Editorial: Inward-looking reshuffles satisfy LDP factions but not the public

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida replaced almost all Cabinet ministers with known ties to the Unification Church in his reshuffle on Aug. 10. The reorganized Cabinet is designed to ensure support to Kishida’s leadership from all factions within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.   While showing consideration to the Abe faction, the largest in the party, whose leader was killed, Kishida….Read more

  • August 11, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:14 p.m.
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Editorial: Murky Unification Church ties, dusty Abe policies cloud Japan’s new Cabinet

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida launched his second Cabinet on Aug. 10.   One question must be asked about the reshuffle of both the Cabinet and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s executive lineup: Can the government and party make a clear break from the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, better known by its former name, the Unification Church?….Read more

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Cabinet reshuffle fails to boost Kishida’s political standing

Yomiuri and Nikkei front-paged the results of their public opinion surveys conducted on Wednesday and Thursday following the launch of the new Kishida Cabinet. Yomiuri put support for the administration at a record low of 51%, down six points from a week ago, and nonsupport at a record high of 34%, up 2 points. However, some 45% approved of the….Read more

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Kishida taps Hagiuda as LDP policy chief to stave off pressure from Abe faction

Mainichi wrote that Prime Minister Kishida insisted on appointing former Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Hagiuda as LDP Policy Research Council chairperson even though he asked the premier to allow him to continue overseeing METI. Kishida reportedly wanted Hagiuda to serve as a “bulwark” against potential pressure and complaints from Abe faction members about the administration’s policies on defense spending,….Read more

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Public concerned about pandemic, rising prices, Taiwan situation

According to the latest Nikkei opinion poll, the Japanese public appears to be critical of the Kishida administration’s response to the seventh wave of the coronavirus pandemic and rising inflation. Approval for the administration’s handling of these two issues hit record lows at 54% and 19%, respectively. Four out of five expressed concern that Japan would be drawn into a….Read more

  • August 12, 2022
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