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Suga’s rise as new “kingmaker” frightens Kishida and Aso

While the Kishida administration is mired in self-destruction, former Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, who has been patiently looking for opportunities to turn the tide, has finally made a comeback.   “There are about 90 people who are close to Suga in the Liberal Democratic Party, including about 30 from his “Ganesha no Kai” group, 43 from the Nikai faction, and….Read more


Editorial: Counterstrike force agreement a long time coming in protecting the Japanese people

On Friday, December 2, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior partner Komeito agreed that Japan should acquire counterstrike capabilities. This would allow Japan to launch attacks on missile bases and other installations within the territory of countries threatening the Japanese homeland.    This is a crucial, historic decision that rectifies our nation’s mistaken postwar defense policy. Protecting Japan and the Japanese people, come….Read more

  • December 5, 2022
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Komeito leader calls for more time to discuss the review of transfer of defense equipment

On the review of the operational guidelines for “the three principles concerning the transfer of defense equipment,” Komeito representative Yamaguchi mentioned at a press conference held on Nov. 29 that the principles “can be examined in a flexible fashion.”   He also stressed the “importance of spending more time on discussions in order to win public understanding.”

  • November 30, 2022
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LDP may lose up to 80 LH seats if PM Kishida calls snap general election

On November 18 the Diet passed a bill to revise the Public Offices Election Act to correct the vote-value disparity. The revision will add 10 single-seat electoral districts to five prefectures, while cutting one each from 10 prefectures. If Prime Minister Kishida Fumio dissolved the Diet on December 18, Shukan Posuto forecast the number of seats each party would capture….Read more


LDP, Komeito fully start talks for FY 2023 tax reforms

Tokyo, Nov. 18 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, launched full-fledged discussions on fiscal 2023 tax reforms at general meetings of their respective tax panels on Friday.     A major issue is whether tax hikes will be proposed to secure funds to cover a planned sharp increase in defense spending.     The LDP and Komeito….Read more

  • November 18, 2022
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Japan’s government rocked by new resignation in less than a month

SUSUMU KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet on Friday suffered another departure in less than a month, adding to his troubles as he seeks to deliver an economic stimulus plan.   Justice Minister Yasuhiro Hanashi resigned under fire for seeming to make light of the death penalty.   Dealing with the mess forced….Read more

  • November 12, 2022
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Focus: Baba-led Osaka Ishin faces task of winning national support

Osaka, Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)–Nobuyuki Baba, the new leader of Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), is facing a number of challenges, notably in laying a solid foundation of support within the party, in his bid to develop the party into Japan’s largest opposition force.     His immediate predecessor, Ichiro Matsui, plans to retire from politics when his term as….Read more

SECURITY > Cybersecurity

LDP, Komeito discuss need for “active cyber defense” 

Asahi, Nikkei, and Sankei wrote that the LDP and Komeito held on Wednesday the fourth round of their working group discussions on the updating of Japan’s s three key national security documents. Asahi wrote that although the two parties agreed on the need to adopt “active cyber defense,” they failed to hold in-depth discussions due to concerns that some “active cyber defense”….Read more

  • November 10, 2022
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Hagiuda says he made decision to appoint Yamagiwa as head of LDP COVID-19 taskforce

Speaking to reporters at the National Diet Building on Nov. 8, LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Hagiuda Koichi mentioned the personnel decision to appoint former Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization and Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy Yamagiwa Daishiro as chairperson of the party’s Headquarters for Novel Coronavirus Measures, saying, “He performed quite well in the handling….Read more

  • November 9, 2022
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