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No Boost to Abe from Cabinet Reshuffle, but Public Support StableTobias Harris

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, fresh off his successful bid for a third term as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in the September 20, 2018, party election, announced a new lineup for his cabinet and for the LDP’s leadership on October 2. The August 2017 reshuffle brought talented and experienced LDP politicians who had at times been critical of Abe into the government and arguably revived the pr…

Abe Shinzō on Track to Become Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō was recently elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party for the third straight time, putting him on course to become the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

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.

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…

Japan’s Politics in 2018: Prospects for Abe’s Constitutional Revision Agenda?Takahashi Masamitsu

Prime Minister Abe is seen as likely to win reelection as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party this September, enabling him to lead Japan for another three years. He is eager to get Japan’s post–World War II Constitution amended for the first time, but accomplishing this will be a major challenge.

Abe’s Election Ploy Pays OffOnoe Kimitoshi

The October 22 snap election for the House of Representatives was short on substance, but Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s bid to catch the opposition off-balance paid off spectacularly, as an old challenger fractured and a new one fizzled. Veteran journalist Onoe Kimitoshi examines the political calculations and missteps behind the latest Liberal Democratic Party landslide and the challenges that lie ahead for the government.

Turnout Put at 2nd-Lowest in Japan Lower House Election (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Voter turnout for single-seat constituencies in Sunday's election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, is projected at around 53.69%, the second-lowest in the post-World War II period, a Jiji Press estimate showed Monday. The figure is higher than the post war low of 52.66% marked in the previous Lower House election in 2014. The low …

Abe’s Ruling Bloc Scores Landslide Victory in Lower House (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, scored a landslide victory in the crucial general election on Sunday, helping Abe to consolidate his grip on power nearly five years after returning to the nation's top office. In the closely watched election, the LDP and Kōmeitō won 313 seats in the House of Representat…

30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days th…

Credible Opposition to Japan’s Conservatives Beyond HopeKen Victor Leonard Hijino

Japanese politics is roiling on the surface again, with old parties splintering and new parties emerging at a breathless pace ahead of the 2017 snap general election. But it is doubtful if all of this turmoil will make any substantial difference for the dominance of the conservatives.

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