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Abe Meets with Kōmeitō Leader to Discuss Election (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō met with Kōmeitō leader Yamaguchi Natsuo on Monday to discuss an expected imminent dissolution of the House of Representatives for a snap general election. During the 15-minute talks at Abe's private home in Tokyo, Abe, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's president, conveyed his plan to dissolve the all-important lower chamber of…
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Abe Cabinet Approval Rating Rises to 41.8%: Jiji Survey (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)—Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet rose 5.2 percentage points from August to 41.8% this month, outpacing disapproval for the first time in three months, a Jiji Press poll showed on Friday. The disapproval rating plunged 7.4 points to 36.7%. The results are believed reflect strong support for the Abe government's response to North Kore…
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Cracks in the Abe Monolith: Political Ground Shifting in Advance of Lower House ElectionTakahashi Masamitsu

Voter disaffection with the leadership style of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his circle has forced the prime minister to reshuffle his cabinet, retract his timetable for constitutional reform, and rethink his political strategy. Takahashi Masamitsu reviews the developments that have shattered Abe’s complacency and their implications for Japanese politics leading into the next general election.
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Oct. 22 General Election Emerges as Possible Option for Abe (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—Speculation is growing that Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō may dissolve the House of Representatives for a snap election on October 22 in a pre-emptive move against a possible realignment of the opposition. This speculation has been fueled by the apparent move by a Lower House lawmaker close to popular Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko toward forming a new full-fledged…
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Abe Cabinet Public Support Rebounds to 36%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet rebounded 6.7 percentage points in August from a month before to 36.6%, after falling below 30% in the previous month, a Jiji Press survey revealed Thursday. The higher approval rating for the Abe cabinet is believed to be partly due to the prime minister's reshuffle of his cabinet and the ruling Liberal…
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No Set Time Frame for Amending Constitution: Abe (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 3 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday that there should be no predetermined time frame for his long-cherished goal of amending the country's constitution, which was drawn up during the US occupation that followed the end of World War II. Abe made the remark at a press conference after launching his new cabinet earlier in the day. The cabinet reshuffle was i…
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Abe Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Reverse Slumping Approval

On August 3, 2017, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō reshuffled his cabinet for the third time since being reelected premier in 2014, replacing 13 of 19 incumbent ministers. Kōno Tarō was appointed as minister for foreign affairs and Onodera Itsunori was tapped for minister of defense. Noda Seiko returned to the cabinet, taking on the role of minister of internal affairs and communications.
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Inada Quits as Defense Minister over Cover-Up Scandal (News)

Tokyo, July 28 (Jiji Press)—Inada Tomomi resigned as Japanese defense minister on Friday over a data cover-up scandal involving the Ground Self-Defense Force, dealing a further blow to Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's faltering administration. Inada submitted her resignation to the prime minister on the day when the release of a special investigation confirmed the cover-up of daily activity logs fro…
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New Polls Show Support for Abe ErodingTobias Harris

Three new opinion polls show Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s approval declining significantly in the wake of his Liberal Democratic Party’s defeat in Tokyo’s metropolitan assembly elections on July 2. In tracking polls conducted by NHK, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and the Asahi Shimbun, the government’s net approval ratings fell into negative territory for the first time since September 2015. Approval fell t…
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Abe Cabinet Support Dives to 29.9%, Disapproval 48.6%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, July 14 (Jiji Press)—The approval rating for Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet plunged 15.2 percentage points in July from the previous month to 29.9%, dropping below 30% for the first time since his current administration was launched in December 2012, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday. The size of the decline was the steepest for the current administration, according to the …
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