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Abe faction members considering tapping former leader’s brother Kishi as faction leader

An “unexpected idea” has emerged within the Liberal Democratic Party’s Abe faction: to tap former Minister of Defense Kishi Nobuo, the younger brother of the late Abe Shinzo, to head the faction.     Former Minister of Education Shionoya Ryu, acting chairman of the faction, has shown a desire to lead the faction, but this was dampened when former Prime….Read more

  • November 1, 2022
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LDP party convention to be held on Feb. 26

Nikkei and Yomiuri reported that LDP Secretary General Motegi announced at an LDP executive meeting on Monday that the party’s convention for 2023 will be held on Feb. 26. The party is expected to make a formal decision on the matter today.    

  • November 8, 2022
  • , Yomiuri, Nikkei
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LDP Secretary General Motegi’s presence growing

Yomiuri highlighted the growing presence within the Kishida administration of LDP Secretary General Motegi after he assumed his post a year ago, saying that he has successfully built strong bonds with Prime Minister Kishida and LDP Vice President Aso. The three of them are now known as the “decision-makers” of the administration, according to an unnamed senior LDP executive. As….Read more

  • November 4, 2022
  • , Yomiuri
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Kishida’s selection of members of blue-ribbon panel on defense may create anti-Kishida momentum

On Sept. 30, “big-names” from government, industry, academia and media gathered in the Prime Minister’s Office [Kantei] for discussions on the strengthening of the nation’s defense capabilities. This blue-ribbon panel is chaired by Sasae Kenichiro, former administrative vice minister for foreign affairs and Japanese ambassador to the United States. Kuroe Tetsuro, who was once considered the “ace” bureaucrat within the….Read more

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Obituary: Takagi Nobuko, mother of LDP Diet Affairs Committee Chair Takagi, dies

Takagi Nobuko, the mother of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Diet Affairs Committee Chair Takagi Tsuyoshi, passed away on Nov. 2 at the age of 96. A funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Heart Hall Hashizume (18-5-1, Kotakari, Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture). Her eldest son, Tsuyoshi, will be the chief mourner at the funeral. 

  • November 3, 2022
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Kishida, Kono engaged in power struggle over decision on questioning former Unification Church

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has decided to launch an investigation into the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (former Unification Church) by exercising the right to question a religious group based on the Religious Corporations Act. It is the first time for the government to exercise the right. The government is considering requesting a court order to disband the….Read more

  • October 27, 2022
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LDP lawmakers to launch parliamentarians’ league on China’s human rights violations

Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers will launch a parliamentarians’ league to inform the public at home and abroad about human rights violations committed in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur, Tibet. and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions, the Sankei Shimbun learned on Nov. 1. The group will hold a pre-launch meeting as early as Nov. 7 where it will decide on the organizational structure with….Read more

  • November 2, 2022
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SECURITY

It is the public that can back the strengthening of defense capabilities: Onodera

In an interview with the Sankei Shimbun held on Oct. 31, the Liberal Democratic Party’s Research Commission on Research Chairperson Onodera Itsunori stressed that Prime Minister Kishida Fumio “has a strong resolve” to drastically bolster the nation’s defense capabilities. He noted that it is “the public that can back his resolve” and indicated that he will work hard to win….Read more

  • November 1, 2022
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Ruling party official mentions issuing bonds to finance construction of defense facilities

All national dailies wrote that during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club on Thursday, Komeito Deputy Chief Representative Kitagawa said the issuance of construction bonds would be an option for financing the construction of Defense Ministry and SDF facilities. The co-leader of the ruling coalition’s taskforce on bolstering defense capabilities also referred to the need to tap….Read more

  • October 28, 2022
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Some LDP officials dissatisfied with Kantei’s Diet management

Jiji highlighted the much-awaited start on Wednesday of full-scale parliamentary deliberations on key policy legislation, including a bill to amend the infectious diseases control act, saying that as one-third of the 69-day extraordinary Diet session has already elapsed, the Kishida administration and the ruling coalition are inclined to extend the term by about one week through Dec. 17 to ensure….Read more

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