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Kishida gov’t getting derailed due to poor coordination inside Kantei

By Nishimura Keishi   The government of Kishida Fumio is sliding into disarray. What is causing this derailment?   “The Kishida government does not have someone like Suga, who as chief cabinet secretary wielded a strong influence in the Abe government,” analyses a mid-ranking lawmaker in the Liberal Democratic Party, who attributes the administration’s current debacle to the lack of….Read more

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Editorial: Kishida must present specific road map for economic revitalization

It is not enough to only express a determination to work on measures to combat soaring prices and correct economic disparity. A specific road map for economic revitalization must be presented and tangible results must be produced.   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has delivered policy speeches in plenary sessions of both chambers of the Diet. “Revitalization of Japan’s economy is….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 11:58 a.m.
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PM Kishida delivers policy speech at Diet

All national dailies led with reports on the policy speech that Prime Minister Kishida delivered at the extraordinary Diet session that began on Monday. The papers highlighted Kishida’s announcement that the GOJ will spend one trillion yen ($7 billion) over the next five years on “reskilling” programs to help workers move into growth sectors. Kishida also announced that the government….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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Opposition camp unites over issue of former Unification Church

Mainichi wrote that although Prime Minister Kishida has made economic revitalization the top priority for the extraordinary Diet session, the opposition camp plans to grill the Kishida administration over the former Unification Church controversy. The paper said there are no prospects for the issue to be resolved and a tumultuous battle between the ruling and opposition parties is likely to….Read more

  • October 4, 2022
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

Following magazine reports on his alleged sexual harassment of a female acquaintance, Komeito Upper House member Kumano Seishi (proportional representation) submitted his resignation as a Diet member on Sept. 30. Upper House President Otsuji Hidehisa accepted his resignation the same day. The strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.  

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Editorial: Hosoda not qualified to serve as speaker of the Lower House

For weeks, Lower House Speaker Hiroyuki Hosoda avoided commenting on a raft of reports about his links with the Unification Church that emerged after the July 8 slaying of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.   On Sept. 29, Hosoda finally released a brief statement, printed on a single sheet of paper, acknowledging his ties to the church.   However, he….Read more

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Opposition parties must show they have ability to govern

As the extraordinary Diet session begins in October, opposition parties will take center stage. They will be questioning Cabinet ministers and government officials to keep a harsh spotlight on the deep relations between the religious group known as the Unification Church and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The church is seen as a religious cult, and it has caused many….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 a.m.
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Japan Diet to open 69-day extra session Monday

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling and opposition parties agreed Wednesday that the Diet, the country’s parliament, will open an extraordinary session on Monday for a 69-day run until Dec. 10.   The ruling coalition proposed that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida deliver a policy speech on the opening day. But the two sides failed to agree on the timing of….Read more

  • September 28, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 6:34 p.m.
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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

On Sept. 20, the “Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and Social Democratic Party in-house group” submitted to the Upper House Secretariat the registration notice of independent Upper House member Mikami Eri. The strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.    

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Editorial: Diet session in fall crucial for Kishida to win back public trust

Nearly a month has passed since opposition parties called on the Cabinet to convene an extraordinary Diet session according to a constitutional provision.   Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, speaking in a Sept. 15 meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party faction he heads, said “an extraordinary Diet session is expected to be held next month.”   The government and the….Read more

  • September 16, 2022
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