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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.

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…

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…

Abe Reshuffles Cabinet After House of Councillors Election (August 2016)

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.

Abe Cabinet Rocked by Double Resignation

The administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō was hit by the resignations of two high-profile women ministers on October 20. On Monday morning, Obuchi Yūko offered her resignation as minister of economy, trade, and industry in connection with accusations of improper use of funds from her political support groups and campaign donors. That afternoon Matsushima Midori, minister of justice, stepped …

Abe’s Enforcer: Suga Yoshihide’s Stabilizing Influence on the CabinetMakihara Izuru

Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide has played a key role in the second Abe Shinzō administration, picking the right senior bureaucrats to support the administration’s policies, keeping cabinet members in line, and preventing gaffes from escalating into PR fiascos. As a self-made man—quite rare in national politics today—Suga has managed to work his way up, but challenges remain.

Abe Shores Up Power with Cabinet ReshuffleKakizaki Meiji

On September 3, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō reshuffled his cabinet and leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party for the first time since assuming office in 2012. Political journalist Kakizaki Meiji considers the motivations behind Abe’s choices and the effects they will have on the balance of the administration and his party.

A First Reshuffle for Second Abe Cabinet (September 2014)

On September 3, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō announced the results of his first cabinet reshuffle since assuming office for the second time in December 2012. Six senior ministers retained their positions, including Deputy Prime Minister Asō Tarō, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida Fumio. Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Ishiba Shigeru took the newly created post of minister in charge of reviving local economies.

Bringing “Internationalism” BackHosoya Yuichi

In May 2014 the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security presented its final report to the prime minister. Panel member Hosoya discusses the issues this panel addressed, including the constitutionality of collective self-defense.

The Pressures of Change: The Office of Prime Minister in the United Kingdom and JapanTakayasu Kensuke

Although Japan and the United Kingdom both use a parliamentary system, the position of the prime minister differs significantly. As the role of the Japanese prime minister becomes increasingly important, political scientist Takayasu Kensuke looks at the weaknesses of the present system through a comparison with the situation in the United Kingdom.

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