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LDP members increasingly criticize Kishida for being politically tone-deaf

Asahi highlighted mounting distrust among LDP Diet members of Prime Minister Kishida, who effectively dismissed former Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Yamagiwa, the administration’s economic czar, only several days ahead of the planned cabinet approval of a pump-priming package on which the premier has staked the fate of his premiership amid plummeting public support. These disgruntled lawmakers have openly criticized….Read more

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Former PM Noda delivers eulogy for Abe in Diet

All national dailies reported on a eulogy delivered by former Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko at a Lower House plenary session on Tuesday for his immediate successor Abe Shinzo. In the speech, Noda said he wished he could engage in a fierce battle of words with Abe again on the Diet floor and how disappointing it must have been for Abe….Read more

  • October 26, 2022
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Editorial: Kishida hurt by passive handling of minister’s ties with church

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has suffered another political blow as he has defaulted on his responsibility by defending for far too long a minister who is not fit for his job and had long lost public trust.   But Kishida is grossly mistaken if he thinks the belated resignation of Daishiro Yamagiwa, state minister in charge of economic revitalization, over….Read more

  • October 25, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:59 p.m.
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Focus: PM may survive despite minister’s resignation over Unification Church

By Tomoyuki Tachikawa   TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minster Fumio Kishida was apparently forced to accept the resignation of the scandal-tainted economy minister who was accused of having close ties with the contentious Unification Church, as the approval ratings for his Cabinet show little sign of improving.   Daishiro Yamagiwa resigned on Monday after he was bashed for failing to explain his….Read more

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CDPJ’s liberal parliamentary group back in business

The Rikken Forum [constitutional forum], a bipartisan parliamentary group led by liberal Diet members of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDPJ), held a meeting in the National Diet Building on Oct. 19. The group was launched in 2013 and had emphasized its confrontational stance toward then-Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. But it had been dormant in recent years. The resumption….Read more

  • October 20, 2022
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LDP to spring election candidates: No ties to Unification Church

In preparation for unified local elections next spring, the Liberal Democratic Party plans to ask its candidates to comply with the party’s new governance code to ensure that ties have been severed with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, widely known as the Unification Church.   However, the LDP has more than 10,000 local assembly members and ensuring….Read more

  • October 24, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 8:00 p.m.
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LDP’s Ishiba calls for review of Abenomics

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)–Shigeru Ishiba, former secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, underscored Monday the importance of reviewing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflationary policy mix, dubbed Abenomics.   “It’s time to check whether boosting the monetary base really got the economy moving” as touted by the late former prime minister, Ishiba said in a speech at a….Read more

  • October 24, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 8:48 p.m.
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LDP to revise governance code amid criticism over former Unification Church

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party is moving to revise its governance code to ensure its members refrain from having ties with socially problematic organizations.   The revision comes in response to growing criticism against party members suspected of having connections with a religious group previously known as the Unification Church.   In August, the LDP adopted a new basic principle….Read more

  • October 21, 2022
  • , NHK WORLD , 6:54 p.m.
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Editorial: A truly serious LDP probe into ties to the church is long overdue

New revelations about the nexus between Liberal Democratic Party members and the Unification Church indicate the religious group possibly influenced the ruling party’s policy agenda.   Organizations affiliated with the Unification Church have asked LDP lawmakers to sign “policy pacts” in exchange for support in elections. If LDP legislators have actually signed these agreements, suspicions would arise that the church’s….Read more

  • October 21, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 1:04 p.m.
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Unification Church sought “policy accords” with LDP members

Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)–Organizations linked to the controversial religious group known as the Unification Church asked several Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers to sign an “endorsement confirmation” document over the 2021 House of Representatives election, it was learned Thursday.   The document appeared to be that on a de facto policy accord, showing conditions, such as support for constitutional amendment,….Read more

  • October 20, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:33 p.m.
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