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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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Persistent gender gap and use of social media key takeaways from Okinawa votes

The Okinawa Times — Local election activity in Okinawa Prefecture reached new heights on Sept. 11, with multiple municipal elections held simultaneously with the gubernatorial election for the first time in the prefecture’s history.   The number of female candidates and winners in the 24 municipal assembly elections increased from previous polls, but the 49 women who got seats still….Read more

  • October 3, 2022
  • , The Japan Times
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LDP’s Nikai still has presence in local and national politics

Nikai Toshihiro, former secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), is biding his time. He has fallen outside the LDP “mainstream” under the Kishida administration, but remains outspoken when appearing on television and giving lectures. Nikai maintains good relations with former Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and others and still has a certain presence within the LDP.   On Sept. 16,….Read more

  • September 17, 2022
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Kishida’s words fail to convince; public approval rating plummets

While Prime Minister Fumio Kishida prides himself on his ability to listen, his gift of gab failed him when he sought to placate concerns about ties between lawmakers of his Liberal Democratic Party and the Unification Church.   Kishida attended the Sept. 8 session of Diet committees to also explain why public funds would be used to hold a state funeral….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 4:56 p.m.
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Editorial: Japan gov’t must stop trying to force new US base on Okinawa

Denny Tamaki has won reelection in the recent Okinawa gubernatorial poll, beating his closest rival Atsushi Sakima — backed by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) — by a margin of more than 60,000 votes. Turnout was 57.92%, the second lowest on record.   This is the third consecutive victory for an anti-base “All Okinawa” candidate, with Tamaki riding his….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
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Editorial: Tamaki’s victory shows Okinawa voters still reject Henoko project

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki was re-elected in a gubernatorial poll on Sept. 11.   Tamaki’s victory means voters in Okinawa Prefecture have elected a governor opposed to the central government’s plan to build a new U.S. military base off the Henoko district of the city of Nago three times running.   The central government has been forging ahead with a….Read more

  • September 13, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:42 p.m.
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Governor Tamaki claims reelection gives him fresh mandate for anti-Henoko stance

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported extensively on Governor Tamaki’s reelection in Sunday’s gubernatorial race. Tamaki won 339,767 votes while former Ginowan Mayor Sakima garnered 274,844 and former Lower House member Shimoji collected 53,677. “People in Okinawa have not wavered in their wishes (to halt the construction of a new base) one iota,” Tamaki told reporters after his victory, adding….Read more

  • September 12, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Ginowan Mayor Matsugawa wins second term

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that in the Ginowan mayoral election on Sunday, the incumbent, Matsugawa Masanori, who was backed by the LDP and Komeito party, won a second term by defeating Nakanishi Harumasa, who was supported by the All Okinawa Coalition. Matsugawa garnered 29,664 votes and Nakanishi won 18,458. Ryukyu Shimpo speculated that following the reelection of Governor….Read more

  • September 12, 2022
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Tamaki reelected Okinawa governor

NHK reported that Okinawa Governor Tamaki comfortably defeated his two rivals, LDP-backed former Ginowan Mayor Sakima and former LDP Diet member Shimoji, in Sunday’s gubernatorial election to win a second term. According to an exit poll conducted by the broadcaster, Tamaki was successful in galvanizing non-affiliated voters in addition to CDPJ and Japanese Communist Party supporters. The exit poll also….Read more

  • September 12, 2022
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Okinawa governor race lacks steam as U.S. base issue fades

Naha, Okinawa Pref., Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)–Campaigning for Sunday’s Okinawa gubernatorial election is lacking steam as the planned relocation of a key U.S. base within the southernmost Japan prefecture is fading as an issue.     Three years and nine months have passed since the central government started dumping soil for land reclamation off the Henoko district of the Okinawa city….Read more

  • September 8, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:01 p.m.
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