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DP to hold leadership election on Sept. 15

The main opposition Democratic Party (DP) informally decided on July 28 in an executive board meeting that it will hold a presidential election on Sept. 15 and launch the campaign for the poll on Sept. 2. The party will make a formal decision on Aug. 2 at a standing officers council meeting.   Only DP Diet members will be allowed….Read more

  • July 29, 2016
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Reshuffle for LDP constitutional revision headquarters

  With the upcoming reshuffle of the cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership scheduled for August 3, attention is being paid, along with major ministerial positions and the party triumvirate, to the chairman of the LDP Headquarters for the Promotion of Revision to the Constitution. As a result of the latest House of Councillors election, pro-constitutional revision groups….Read more

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Balance of power in House of Councillors

  • July 28, 2016
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LDP, Komeito chiefs to discuss cabinet reshuffle, Tanigaki

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi at the Kantei [Prime Minister’s Official Residence] on July 28 to inform him officially of the reshuffle of the cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership on Aug. 3. Yamaguchi is expected to request the retention of Komeito’s Keiichi Ishii as minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism.….Read more

  • July 28, 2016
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About 20 ex-JIP lawmakers to form group in DP

Sources have disclosed that former members of the now defunct Japan Innovation Party (JIP), including Kenji Dei, an acting president of the main opposition Democratic Party (DP), will form a group in the DP possibly early next week. The group will likely be made up of 23 lawmakers from both chambers of the Diet. It will be the largest group….Read more

  • July 28, 2016
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Abe may tap Hosoda as LDP secretary general

On TV Asahi’s “Hodo Station” on Tuesday night, regular commentator Kenji Goto projected that when shuffling the LDP leadership and the cabinet lineup in early August, PM Abe may replace Secretary General Tanigaki, who recently underwent surgery for a spinal cord injury suffered in a cycling accident. Goto said the premier will not tap Foreign Minister Kishida as Tanigaki’s successor….Read more

  • July 26, 2016
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Abe mulling Amari’s comeback, other “surprises” in cabinet, LDP leadership reshuffle

As he enjoyed playing golf during his vacation at his summer house near Lake Kawaguchiko from July 17-24, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was also busy thinking about surprise appointments in his cabinet reshuffle in August.   He was pondering the “upset” caused by the cycling injury suffered by Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki on the morning of….Read more

  • August 6, 2016
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Tanigaki uncertain to keep job as LDP secretary general

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Executive Acting Secretary General Hiroyuki Hosoda reported at a meeting of party executives on July 26 that Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki, who is currently in the hospital, underwent surgery after suffering cervical cord damage. He also stated that, at this point, it was unclear when he would be able to return to work. It is now….Read more

  • July 27, 2016
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PM Abe to meet with Tanigaki shortly to discuss party leadership

At a press conference held on July 26, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) acting secretary general Hiroyuki Hosoda disclosed that Secretary General Sadakazu Tanigaki (71) “underwent surgery for a cervical spinal cord injury.” Tanigaki has been hospitalized since he was involved in a cycling accident. “The postoperative prognosis is good,” said Hosoda. As for when Tanigaki will be able to return….Read more

  • July 27, 2016
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DP President Okada preparing for reelection

Democratic Party (DP) President Katsuya Okada is making preparations for his reelection in the party’s presidential election in September. He is proud of having succeeded in putting a stop to the party’s mood of decline through cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) and other opposition parties in the recent House of Councillors election. “Acting President” Renho, a close confidant,….Read more

  • July 26, 2016
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