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Kishida reportedly plans to reshuffle cabinet on Aug. 10

The Saturday editions of all national dailies projected that Prime Minister Kishida will reshuffle the cabinet and LDP leadership lineup on Aug. 10 instead of in late August or early September as initially expected in view of rising public criticism of the administration and the LDP. Public support has dropped in recent public opinion polls due to skyrocketing inflation, the….Read more

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GOJ hopes to invite 6,000 guests to Abe’s state funeral

Sunday’s Sankei front-paged the disclosure by multiple GOJ sources that the Kishida administration is reportedly mulling inviting some 6,000 people, including foreign government officials, to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe to be held at the Nippon Budokan on Sept. 27. However, a final decision on the number of guests probably will not be made until the….Read more

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Kishida to avoid giving cabinet posts to politicians connected to Unification Church

All national papers wrote over the weekend that the premier is worried about intense media scrutiny of the connections between the LDP and the Unification Church, projecting that since Defense Minister Kishi and Education Minister Suematsu have acknowledged their dealings with the controversial religious group in the past, they may not be kept in their current posts when the cabinet….Read more

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Prime minister’s schedule on Aug. 4, 2022

  • August 5, 2022
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  • JMH Translation

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Strength of in-house groups in House of Councillors

With the election of the House of Councillors President and Vice-President on Aug. 3, Otsuji Hidehisa and Nagahama Hiroyuki have withdrawn from their respective parliamentary groups. Outgoing President Santo Akiko joined the LDP parliamentary group.   The strength of the House of Councillors in-house groups is now as follows.  

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Japan extra Diet session ends

Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)–A three-day extraordinary session of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, came to a close on Friday afternoon.   Visiting U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat in on the day’s plenary meeting of the House of Representatives, the lower Diet chamber.   No deliberations of bills were held during the extraordinary Diet session. A Diet speech mourning slain….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 2:29 p.m.
  • English Press

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Motegi and Kishida factions admit new members

At a meeting on Aug. 4, the Motegi faction (Heisei Kenkyukai), the Liberal Democratic Party’s second largest, approved the addition of four new members, including former Justice Minister Yamashita Takashi (Okayama district no. 2). With this, the faction’s membership now numbers 54. That same day, the Kishida faction (Kochikai) admitted two new members, including Lower House member Ishihara Masataka (Tokai….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
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  • JMH Translation

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MOFA personnel appointments

On Aug. 4, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the following personnel appointment: Iwamoto Keiichi was appointed Deputy Director-General and Deputy Assistant Minister of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and of the Southeast and Southwest Asian Affairs Department. Yamamoto Mondo was appointed a minister-counselor at the South Korean Embassy Matsuda Kenichi was appointed a minister-counselor at the Philippine Embassy. 

  • August 5, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

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Editorial: Detailed, realistic planning is necessary to avoid endless budgetary expansion

It is proper to spend large budgets on important measures, but the limitless ballooning of national finances must be avoided. Ministries and agencies need to scrutinize whether projects are really necessary from the budget request stage.   At a Cabinet meeting, the government has decided on budget request guidelines that will serve as the general framework for each ministry and….Read more

  • August 5, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 1:05 p.m.
  • English Press

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Cartoon: The LDP should investigate itself

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