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Abe Shinzō’s Second Cabinet (December 2012)
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After the general election of December 16, 2012, the Liberal Democratic Party and New Kōmeitō wrested power back from the Democratic Party of Japan. On December 26, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō announced the lineup of his second cabinet.

Position Name Party, district, times elected Prior positions
Prime minister Abe Shinzō LDP
Lower house, Yamaguchi 4
7th time elected
Prime minister (2006–7)
Deputy prime minister
 
Minister of finance
 
Minister of state for financial services
Asō Tarō LDP
Lower house, Fukuoka 8
11th time elected
Prime minister (2008–9)
 
Minister for internal affairs and communications Shindō Yoshitaka LDP
Lower house, Saitama 2
5th time elected
Senior vice minister of economy, trade, and industry (2007–8)
Minister of justice Tanigaki Sadakazu LDP
Lower house, Kyoto 5
11th time elected
Minister of finance (2003–6), LDP president (2009–12)
Minister for foreign affairs Kishida Fumio LDP
Lower house, Hiroshima 1
7th time elected
Minister of state for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs (2007–8)
Minister of education, culture, sports, science, and technology Shimomura Hakubun LDP
Lower house, Tokyo 11
6th time elected
Deputy chief cabinet secretary (2006–7), parliamentary secretary of education, culture, sports, science, and technology (2004–5)
Minister of health, labor, and welfare Tamura Norihisa LDP
Lower house, Mie 4
6th time elected
Senior vice minister of internal affairs and communications (2006–7)
Minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries Hayashi Yoshimasa LDP
Upper house, Yamaguchi
3rd time elected
Minister of defense (2008), minister of state for economic and fiscal policy (2009)
Minister of economy, trade, and industry Motegi Toshimitsu LDP
Lower house, Tochigi 5
7th time elected
Minister of state for financial services (2008)
Minister of the environment
 
Minister of state for nuclear emergency preparedness
Ishihara Nobuteru LDP
Lower house, Tokyo 8
8th time elected
Minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism (2003–4)
Minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism Ōta Akihiro Kōmeitō
Lower house, Tokyo 12
6th time elected
Kōmeitō chief representative (2006–9)
Minister of defense Onodera Itsunori LDP
Lower house, Miyagi 6
5th time elected
Senior vice minister for foreign affairs (2007–08)
Chief cabinet secretary
 
Minister in charge of strenghtening national security
Suga Yoshihide LDP
Lower house, Kanagawa 2
6th time elected
Minister for internal affairs and communications (2006–7)
Minister for reconstruction
 
Minister in charge of comprehensive policy coordination for revival from the nuclear accident at Fukushima
Nemoto Takumi LDP
Lower house, Fukushima 2
6th time elected
Senior vice minister of the Cabinet Office (2002–3), special advisor to the prime minister (2002–3, 2006–7)
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
 
Minister in charge of the abduction issue
 
Minister in charge of the nation’s infrustructure resilience
 
Minister of state for disaster management
Furuya Keiji LDP
Lower house, Gifu 5
8th time elected
Senior vice minister of economy, trade, and industry (2001–2)
Minister of state for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs
 
Minister of state for science and technology policy
 
Minister of state for space policy
 
Minister in charge of information technology policy
 
Minister in charge of ocean policy and territorial issues
Yamamoto Ichita LDP
Upper house, Gunma
3rd time elected
Senior vice minister for foreign affairs (2008)
Minister of state for consumer affairs and food safety
 
Minister in charge of support for women’s empowerment and child-rearing
 
Minister of state for measures for the declining birthrate
 
Minister of state for gender equality
Mori Masako LDP
Upper house, Fukushima
1st time elected
Lawyer, Financial Services Agency
Minister in charge of economic revitalization
 
Minister in charge of total reform of social security and tax
 
Minister of state for economic and fiscal policy
Amari Akira LDP
Lower house, Kanagawa 13
10th time elected
Minister of economy, trade, and industry (2006–8)
Minister in charge of administrative reform
 
Minister in charge of civil service reform
 
Minister in charge of “Cool Japan” strategy
 
Minister in charge of the “Challenge Again” initiative
 
Minister of state for regulatory reform
Inada Tomomi LDP
Lower house, Fukui 1
3rd time elected
LDP deputy secretary-general (2010–12), lawyer
 
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Katō Katsunobu LDP
Lower house, Okayama 5
4th time elected
Parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office (2007–8)
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Sekō Hiroshige LDP
Upper house, Wakayama
3rd time elected
Special advisor to the prime minister (2006–7)
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Sugita Kazuhiro   National Police Agency Security Bureau Chief (1994–97), deputy chief cabinet secretary for crisis management (2001–4)
Director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau Yamamoto Tsuneyuki    

In the general election held on December 16, 2012, the Liberal Democratic Party secured 294 seats in the lower house, well over the 241 needed for a majority. The LDP thus returned to power with its coalition partner, New Kōmeitō. In the leadership election that took place in both houses of the Diet on December 26, Abe Shinzō was elected prime minister of Japan, leading the country once again just over five years after previously holding the same office. The last person to accomplish the feat of becoming prime minister twice nonconsecutively was Yoshida Shigeru (1946–47 and 1948–54), making this the second time since the end of World War II.

The average age of the cabinet ministers is 57.7 and there are two women: Inada Tomomi, in charge of administrative reform, and Mori Masako, who holds the consumer affairs, gender equality, and other portfolios.

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