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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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Abe Administration Alarmed by Slumping Approval Ratings (News)

Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō is eager to turn around slumping public support for his cabinet, but there appears little prospect of containing high-profile favoritism allegations against him. Media polls earlier this month showed the Abe cabinet's approval ratings falling below 40%, hitting respective record lows since Abe returned to power in December 2012. Jij…
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Anticonspiracy Law Comes into Force in Japan (News)

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--The anticonspiracy law took effect in Japan on Tuesday, allowing authorities to criminalize planning and preparations to commit serious crimes, including terrorist attacks. The government now plans to promptly ratify the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime so that the country can share investigative information about organized crimes with other natio…
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Kake Papers Leave Abe’s Office Alarmed over “Rebellion” (News)

Tokyo, June 24 (Jiji Press)--The recent leaks of Japanese education ministry internal documents related to the Kake Educational Institution has left Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's office alarmed over what may represent rebellious moves by some government officials. The papers sparked a public uproar, because some of them indicated Abe's wish to realize without a delay a plan by the school operator…
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Abe Aims to Submit LDP’s Constitutional Revision Plan by Year-End (News)

Kobe, June 24 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō expressed his hope on Saturday that his ruling Liberal Democratic Party will submit its proposal for constitutional amendments to relevant panels of the National Diet within this year. "I hope that the LDP constitutional revision proposal will be presented to the commissions on the Constitution of both chambers of the Diet before the…
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Approval Rating for Abe’s Cabinet Falls for Fourth Month (News)

Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)—The approval rating for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's cabinet in June fell 1.5 percentage points from the previous month to 45.1%, marking the fourth straight monthly decline, a Jiji Press survey found Friday. On the other hand, the disapproval rating rose 5.0 points to 33.9%, topping 30% for the first time in eight months. Survey respondents are apparently critical…
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Contentious Conspiracy Law Enacted in Japan amid Protests (News)

Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)—Japan's parliament enacted controversial anticonspiracy legislation on Thursday after the ruling coalition overcame fierce overnight resistance from most opposition parties and railroaded it by taking an unusual step of bypassing a committee vote. The House of Councillors, the upper chamber, approved the bill by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal De…
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Abe Becomes Third-Longest-Serving Leader in Postwar Japan (News)

Tokyo, May 28 (Jiji Press)—Abe Shinzō became the third-longest-serving Japanese prime minister in post-World War II history on Sunday with 1,981 days in office including his first tenure between September 2006 and September 2007. His stint as Japanese leader surpassed that of Koizumi Jun'ichirō, who was in office between April 2001 and September 2006. Koizumi utilized internal opposition wit…
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Opposition Hammers Claimed Abe Ties to Approved Operator of Dubious School

Scandal is swirling around Prime Minister Abe Shinzō as reports surface that he wielded influence through the cabinet organization to secure approval of a new veterinary school to be built in a specially designated strategic district in Ehime Prefecture. The proposed school would be operated by Kake Gakuen, an educational outfit in Okayama Prefecture headed by Kake Kōtarō, a personal friend of t…
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LDP Should Draw Up Constitutional Revision Plan This Year: Abe (News)

Tokyo, May 21 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Sunday underscored the need for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to draw up within this year its proposal on constitutional revisions. "The LDP, the largest political party in Japan, should fulfill its responsibility by coming up with its constitutional revision proposal this year, which marks the seventieth anniversary of the …
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