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Kishida to appoint new foreign minister next week

NHK reported that Prime Minister Kishida told the press this morning that he will not appoint a new foreign minister until next Wednesday when he plans to launch his second cabinet and that he will perform the duties of the position himself until then. The post was vacated today following the LDP’s official approval of Kishida’s appointment of Foreign Minister….Read more

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Trend in five-poll average Cabinet support rate and Cabinet support rate in Social Survey Research Center poll

  • November 3, 2021
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Kishida may tap either Hayashi or Onodera as foreign minister

TV Asahi reported on speculation that Prime Minister Kishida may tap former Education Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa to succeed Foreign Minister Motegi, who is expected to become the next LDP secretary general. The network said opposition to Hayashi’s appointment is emerging among some party members because the veteran politician was just elected to the Lower House for the first time on….Read more

  • November 2, 2021
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Ex-defense chief Hayashi considered for Japan’s foreign minister

KOSUKE TAKEUCHI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — A former Japanese defense minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next foreign minister, part of an unexpected reshuffle in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership following Sunday’s general election.   The switch comes after Akira Amari became the LDP’s first secretary-general — essentially the party’s No. 2 post….Read more

  • November 2, 2021
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Second Kishida administration to be launched on Nov. 10 

All national papers wrote that the GOJ plans to convene a special Diet session on Nov. 10 to reappoint Prime Minister Kishida, saying that the second Kishida cabinet will be launched on the same day. He plans to keep all current cabinet members in place except Foreign Minister Motegi, who is expected to assume the post of LDP secretary general on Thursday.

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Kishida convenes blue-ribbon committee meeting on “new form of capitalism” 

All national papers wrote that Prime Minister Kishida chaired the first meeting of the GOJ taskforce on the creation of a new form of capitalism at the Kantei on Tuesday. He instructed Minister for Economic Revitalization Yamagiwa and other panelists to present a package of recommendations in early November aimed at ensuring a sustainable cycle between economic growth and wealth distribution. He reportedly asked the participants, including a young female entrepreneur and a leading expert on artificial intelligence, to….Read more

  • October 27, 2021
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Kishida intends to retain cabinet members after election  

Nikkei and Sankei focused on remarks made on a TV show yesterday by Prime Minister Kishida, who said he will not shuffle the cabinet if the LDP wins the general election. “The cabinet has just been launched,” he was quoted as saying. “The members need to get to work. I would like to move forward with various policy initiatives, such as the launch of an agency for children’s affairs….Read more

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Kishida apologizes for Aso’s controversial remark 

According to Yomiuri and Nikkei, Prime Minister Kishida offered an apology during a live appearance on a TV show last night over LDP Vice President Aso’s remark during a recent election campaign speech to the effect that global warming has revitalized agriculture in Hokkaido. Aso was quoted as saying on Sunday: “The rice grown in Hokkaido now tastes better thanks to a 2-degree rise in the average temperature.” The premier reportedly said: “The….Read more

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Trend in five-poll average Cabinet support rate and Cabinet support rate in Social Survey Research Center poll

  • October 19, 2021
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COVID-19 expert Omi: Qualities required of leaders

Interviewed by Tsuji Tokiko, senior staff writer, and Edamatsu Yuki, staff writer   COVID-19 has presented Japan with a variety of difficult challenges. Ahead of the upcoming general election, the Asahi Shimbun sat with Omi Shigeru (72), chair of the government’s COVID-19 expert panel, and asked him what qualities he thinks a leader needs to navigate unusual times, how he….Read more

  • October 10, 2021
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