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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
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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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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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