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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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Five opposition parties jointly submit revision to Diet Act

Five opposition parties including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) jointly submitted a revision to the Diet Act. The revision stipulates that the government must convene the Diet within 20 days of a call to convene an extraordinary Diet session based on the Constitution. The five parties that submitted the revision were the CDPJ, Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan….Read more

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LDP formulates draft proposal for strengthening intelligence analysis

On Sept. 30, the Liberal Democratic Party’s Headquarters for the Promotion of Economic Security, Policy Research Council (chaired by Amari Akira) compiled a draft proposal seeking to strengthen intelligence capabilities with an eye toward the revision of the government’s national security strategy. It will be soon be presented to the government.   The proposal includes such measures as posting officials….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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12 additional LDP members linked to former Unification Church

All Saturday morning papers reported that the LDP announced on Friday that 12 more of its members have reported that they have had connections with the former Unification Church. Nine of their names, including Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara, were disclosed. Sankei said this brings the number of LDP members who have been linked to the religious group to 180.….Read more

  • October 1, 2022
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New leaders of Abe faction to be announced soon

The Liberal Democratic Party’s Abe faction held a general meeting at LDP headquarters on Sept. 29. It was the faction’s first meeting after the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, who used to chair the faction. Acting chair Shionoya Ryu said that the faction will soon announce its new leadership lineup. All eyes are on who will be….Read more

  • September 30, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
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Will Abe faction break up?

By Kasai Masahiro   The political dynamics within the Liberal Democratic Party may change after the Sept. 27 state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Will the party’s largest faction formerly led by the slain leader (Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyukai with 97 members) break up in the days ahead? This question involves various factors, such as the steep decline in….Read more

  • September 26, 2022
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 2
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Editorial: Cultivate future leaders, fulfill responsibility as ruling coalition party

The incumbent Komeito leader had been widely expected to step down from his post but, unusually, ended up staying on. He will likely be urged to nurture younger party members and open the path forward for the party.   Natsuo Yamaguchi’s reelection to his eighth term as Komeito leader was approved at a party convention. Keiichi Ishii was reappointed as….Read more

  • September 27, 2022
  • , The Japan News
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Komeito’s new policy chief says party will “consider” nuclear power generation

At a policy convention held on Sept 25, Komeito policy research council chief Takagi Yosuke noted that the party will “consider” the use of nuclear power generation while “ensuring safety and seeking the understanding of local communities that host nuclear power plants.” Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has already instructed his administration to look into the construction of new nuclear plants….Read more

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Editorial: Will opposition CDPJ offer convincing policies rather than reactive criticism?

It is not enough to have simply decided on the lineup for the “next cabinet.” As the largest opposition party, it is important to put together convincing policies and work steadily to achieve them.   The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ) has established an opposition cabinet as an organ for deciding major policies. CDPJ President Kenta Izumi said, “We….Read more

  • September 24, 2022
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