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Looming possibility of “one-woman” race in DP presidential election

This morning’s Sankei projected that as Acting DP President Renho is already commanding strong support among many party lawmakers, no powerful rival candidates are likely to emerge in the party presidential election in September. The daily said although former Foreign Minister Maehara, former Senior Vice Defense Minister Nagashima, former Environment Minister Hosono, and Deputy Diet Committee Chairman Tamaki are considering….Read more

  • August 8, 2016
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Registered DP members, supporters increase by 10,000 in one year

The Democratic Party (DP) announced on Aug. 5 that as of the end of June, the total number of its members and supporters was 242,907. This represents an increase of around 10,000, compared to June 2015, when the party was still the Democratic Party of Japan and had 28,264 members and 214,643 supporters.   In the election to choose the….Read more

  • August 6, 2016
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Analysis: Two “miscalculations” in Abe’s cabinet, LDP reshuffle – Tanigaki, Ishiba

With the victory in the recent House of Councillors election boosting his leadership, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe launched his third reshuffled cabinet. While his appointments are meant to maintain his predominance in politics, there were actually two major miscalculations in this process: he was not able to retain Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki and keep Regional Revitalization….Read more

  • August 5, 2016
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Mixed opinions on amending LDP rule on presidential term

All papers reported that divisions are emerging among LDP lawmakers on Secretary General Nikai’s intention to look into an existing party rule prohibiting the LDP president from occupying the post for more than six years. The top LDP official appears to be willing to amend the rule to allow PM Abe to serve beyond his present term, which expires in….Read more

  • August 5, 2016
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Talk of extending LDP president’s term

There is now active discussion in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on the issue of extending the term of office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (LDP president), which expires in September 2018. Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai has indicated that he will consider deleting the provision in party rules banning a third term for the president, aiming at reaching a conclusion….Read more

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Posts for first-time ministers distributed by factional hierarchy

In Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s third reshuffled cabinet launched on August 3, Abe’s sworn allies and close associates took important posts as usual. On the other hand, the remaining posts were distributed among rank-and-file lawmakers awaiting their time in the sun from each faction of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). The reshuffle illustrates the unique dual structure of Abe’s personnel….Read more

  • August 4, 2016
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Renho to announce bid to seek DP presidency

 All papers wrote that Acting DP President Renho has informally decided to run in the party presidential race in September and that she will make an official announcement tomorrow. Renho on Wednesday met former Environment Minister Hosono, who is also viewed as a potential candidate to succeed President Okada, and agreed on the party’s position on future electoral cooperation with….Read more

  • August 4, 2016
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Kishida, Ishiba differ in response to cabinet appointment, brace for future premier race

Regional Revitalization Minister Shigeru Ishiba, 59, and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, 59, both regarded as possible successors to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, differed in their response to the cabinet reshuffle on Aug. 3. Ishiba declined an offer to become the minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries and opted to leave the cabinet, while Kishida accepted his reappointment as foreign minister.….Read more

  • August 3, 2016
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Ishihara blames LDP secretary-general for defeat in Tokyo gubernatorial race

Economic Revitalization Minister Nobuteru Ishihara made remarks in which he passed the buck for the LDP-backed candidate’s defeat in the gubernatorial election to the secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party when he announced his resignation as chairman of the LDP Tokyo chapter at a press conference on August 2. “The gubernatorial election is a matter that should be handled by….Read more

  • August 3, 2016
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Young Diet member to run in DP presidential race

Most papers wrote that Yuichiro Tamaki, a three-term legislator from Kagawa Prefecture, expressed interest in seeking the DP presidency on Tuesday, noting that the bureaucrat-turned-politician is viewed as a rising star within the largest opposition party for his strong policy expertise and debate abilities at the Diet. The junior politician is critical of the DP leadership’s policy of deepening ties….Read more

  • August 3, 2016
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