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Abe Reshuffles Cabinet After House of Councillors Election (August 2016)
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On August 3, 2016, Prime Minister Abe made his second reshuffle since his reelection in December 2014. New faces include Inada Tomomi as minister of defense, while potential leadership rival Ishiba Shigeru was removed from the cabinet.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō reshuffled his cabinet on August 3, 2016, for the second time since being reelected in December 2014. Key figures including Minister of Finance Asō Tarō, Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Takaichi Sanae, Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide were among those who retained their positions.

Inada Tomomi was appointed as minister of defense, switching from her previous role as chair of the Liberal Democratic Party Policy Research Council. As before the reshuffle, there are three female ministers in the new cabinet.

Abe introduced the new position of minister for reform of working patterns; Katō Katsunobu will add this role to his portfolio as minister for dynamic engagement of all citizens. Meanwhile, Ishiba Shigeru, a possible future challenger to Abe for leadership of the party, was removed from his position as minister in charge of reviving local economies and is no longer part of the cabinet.

In the party’s executive arm, Nikai Toshihiro became secretary-general, replacing Tanigaki Sadakazu, who was hospitalized after a cycling accident last month. Nikai was replaced in his former position as chair of the LDP General Council by Hosoda Hiroyuki, who had been executive acting secretary-general. Motegi Toshimitsu moved from chairing the Election Strategy Committee to become chair of the LDP Policy Research Council. Kōmura Masahiko remained in his position as vice president.

The full cabinet is as follows.

Position Name Party, district, times elected Prior positions
Prime minister Abe Shinzō
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Yamaguchi 4

Elected 8 times

Prime minister (2006–7, 2012–)
Deputy prime minister

Minister of finance

Minister of state for financial services

Minister in charge of overcoming deflation

Aso Tarō
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Fukuoka 8

Elected 12 times

Prime minister (2008–9)
Minister for internal affairs and communications

Minister of state for My Number system

Takaichi Sanae
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Nara 2

Elected 7 times

Minister of state for special missions (2006–7), chair of the Policy Research Council (2012–)
Minister of justice Kaneda Katsutoshi LDP

Lower house, Akita 2

Elected 3 times to lower house, 2 times to upper house

Senior vice minister for foreign affairs (2005–6)
Minister for foreign affairs Kishida Fumio
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Hiroshima 1

Elected 8 times

Minister of state for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs (2007–8)
Minister of education, culture, sports, science, and technology

Minister in charge of education rebuilding

Matsuno Hirokazu LDP

Lower house, Chiba 3

Elected 6 times

Senior vice minister of education, culture, sports, science, and technology (2008)
Minister of health, labor, and welfare Shiozaki Yasuhisa
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Ehime 1

Elected 7 times to lower house, 1 time to upper house

Senior vice minister for foreign affairs (2005–6), chief cabinet secretary (2006–7)
Minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries Yamamoto Yūji LDP

Lower house, Kōchi 2

Elected 9 times

Senior vice minister of finance (2003–4), minister of state for financial services (2006–7)
Minister of economy, trade, and industry

Minister in charge of industrial competitiveness

Minister in charge of the response to the economic impact caused by the nuclear accident

Minister of state for the nuclear damage compensation and decommissioning facilitation corporation

Sekō Hiroshige LDP

Upper house, Wakayama

Elected 4 times

Special advisor to the prime minister (2006–7), deputy chief cabinet secretary (2012–16)
Minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism

Minister in charge of water cycle policy

Ishii Keiichi
(unchanged)
Kōmeitō

Lower house, proportional representation (northern Kantō)

Elected 8 times

Senior vice minister of finance (2003–4), chairman of the Kōmeitō Policy Research Council (2010–15)
Minister of the environment

Minister of state for nuclear emergency preparedness

Yamamoto Kōichi LDP

Lower house, Ehime 4

Elected 8 times

Senior vice minister of internal affairs and communication (2004–5)
Minister of defense Inada Tomomi LDP

Lower house, Fukui 1

Elected 4 times

Minister in charge of administrative reform (2012–14), chairwoman of the LDP Policy Research Council (2014–16)
Chief cabinet secretary

Minister in charge of alleviating the burden of the bases in Okinawa

Suga Yoshihide
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Kanagawa 2

Elected 7 times

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

Imamura Masahiro LDP

Lower house, proportional representation (Kyūshū)

Elected 7 times

Senior vice minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries (2007–8)
Chairperson of the National Public Safety Commission

Minister in charge of ocean policy and territorial issues

Minister of state for consumer affairs and food safety, regulatory reform, and disaster management

Matsumoto Jun LDP

Lower house, Kanagawa 1

Elected 6 times

Deputy chief cabinet secretary (2008–9)
Minister of state for Okinawa and Northern Territories affairs, “Cool Japan” strategy, intellectual property strategy, science and technology policy, space policy, and information technology policy Tsuruho Yōsuke LDP

Upper house, Wakayama

Elected 4 times

Senior vice minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism (2012–13)
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

Ishihara Nobuteru
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Tokyo 8

Elected 9 times

Minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism (2003–4), minister of the environment (2012–14)
Minister for promoting dynamic engagement of all citizens

Minister for reform of working patterns

Minister in charge of women’s empowerment

Minister in charge of “Challenge Again” initiative

Minister in charge of the abduction issue

Minister of state for measures for declining birthrate and gender equality

Katō Katsunobu
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Okayama 5

Elected 5 times

Deputy chief cabinet secretary (2012–15)
Minister of state for overcoming population decline and reviving local economies, regulatory reform, administrative reform, and civil service reform Yamamoto Kōzō LDP

Lower house, Fukuoka 10

Elected 7 times

Senior vice minister of economy, trade, and industry (2006–7)
Minister of state for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Marukawa Tamayo LDP

Upper house, Tokyo

Elected 2 times

Parliamentary secretary of health, labor, and welfare (2012–13), minister of the environment (2015–16)
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Hagiuda Kōichi
(unchanged)
LDP

Lower house, Tokyo 24

Elected 4 times

Parliamentary secretary of education, culture, sports, science, and technology (2008–9), special advisor to the LDP president (2013–15)
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Nogami Kōtarō LDP

Upper house, Toyama

Elected 3 times

Senior vice minister of land, infrastructure, transport, and tourism (2013–14)
Deputy chief cabinet secretary Sugita Kazuhiro
(unchanged)
National Police Agency Security Bureau chief (1994–97), deputy chief cabinet secretary for crisis management (2001–4)
Director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau Yokobatake Yūsuke
(unchanged)
Deputy director-general of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau (2011–14)

(Banner photo: Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and the new cabinet pose for photos in Tokyo on August 3, 2016.)

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