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Abe and Ishiba Announce Candidacy for LDP Presidency

The race for the LDP presidency is now between the incumbent Abe Shinzō and third-time challenger Ishiba Shigeru. By choosing the head of the most powerful coalition party, this contest effectively decides who will become the next prime minister of Japan, so it has garnered wide attention.

Ex-MOF Official Denies Abe’s Instruction about Document Tampering (News)

Tokyo, March 27 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese Ministry of Finance official Sagawa Nobuhisa told parliament on Tuesday that there was no instruction from the prime minister's office about altering documents on a dubious state land transaction with private school operator Moritomo Gakuen. It was the MOF's Financial Bureau that dealt with the document changes in question, Sagawa, who was director-g…

Japan’s Abe Determined to Realize Article 9 Revision

Tokyo, March 25 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Sunday stressed his determination to realize a revision to war-renouncing Article 9 of the country's constitution. Prime Minister Abe addresses an LDP convention on March 25 in Tokyo. (© Jiji)  "Let's make the constitution spell out the Self-Defense Forces to put a period to the controversy over their constitutionality," Abe…

Abe Cabinet Support Rate Dives to 39%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, March 16 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in March plunged 9.4 percentage points from the previous month to 39.3%, falling short of the disapproval rate for the first time in five months, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed Friday. The support rate also fell below 40% for the first time in five months. The disapproval rate grew 8.5 points …

Abe Denies Ordering Land Sale Document Manipulation (News)

Tokyo, March 14 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō denied Wednesday that he has ordered the manipulation of Ministry of Finance documents related to a massive discount sale of a state-owned land plot to school operator Moritomo Gakuen. Abe also quoted his wife, Akie, as saying that she has not made remarks shown in the original version of the documents. According to the orig…

New Document Fraud in Japan Deepening Government Credibility Crisis: Experts (News)

Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)—Following the Japanese Ministry of Finance's recognition on Monday of alterations to documents related to a controversial state land sale to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen, experts in related areas warned of a deepening crisis of public trust in the government. "It's a serious situation in which the credibility of government-approved documents is in questio…

Government Admits Moritomo Papers Altered Amid Scandal Involving Abe’s Wife

Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)—Japan's government admitted on Monday that Ministry of Finance documents related to a contract on the sale of a state land lot to private school operator Moritomo Gakuen at a deep discount were altered in and after late February 2017 in the wake of the revelation of the controversial deal. The high-profile scandal involves Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's wife, Akie, onc…

Abe Seeks Steps to Prevent Economic Slump after Tokyo Olympics (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on Tuesday instructed related cabinet ministers to consider measures to prevent a possible fallback of the country's economy after the consumption tax hike planned for October 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics. At the day's meeting of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, a key government panel, Abe said, …

Abe Cabinet Support Rises to 48%: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)—Public support for the cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in February rose 2.1 percentage points from January to 48.7%, a Jiji Press opinion poll showed Friday. The disapproval rating declined 1.7 points to 31.9%. The results are believed to reflect mainly Abe's attendance at the opening ceremony for the ongoing Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Kore…

Abe Meets North Korea’s Number Two Official in Pyeongchang (News)

Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō briefly met with North Korea's second-highest-ranking official on Friday, during their visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, according to South Korea's presidential office. Abe shook hands and exchanged words with Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Su…

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