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Abe shuffles Cabinet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe carried out a wide-ranging reshuffle of his Cabinet yesterday as had widely been expected following recent elections. The full list of the new Cabinet is as […]

Cabinet of Japan

Shinzo Abe Prime Minister Taro Aso Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of State for Financial Services, Minister in charge of Overcoming Deflation Sanae Takaichi Minister of Internal Affairs […]

Yuriko Koike elected Tokyo’s first female Governor

Yuriko Koike, a Liberal Democratic Party former Minister of Defence and Minister of Environment was elected Tokyo’s first female Governor yesterday. Koike (64) stood as an Independent against the ruling […]

Governing parties win majority in upper house elections

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s centre-right Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and their allies, the centre-right Kōmeitō have won a mid-term election in the House of Councillors or upper house of the […]

Parliamentary 2016

An election to the Sangi-in (House of Councillors) took place on 10 July 2016. Half the members are elected every year to serve six year terms. Elected 2016 Total seats LDP–NKP Coalition […]

Nobuteru Ishihara is new Economics Minister

Following the resignation yesterday of Economic Minister Akira Amari, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that the new minister in that portfolio will be Nobuteru Ishihara. Until yesterday Nobuteru Ishihara […]

Economy Minister resigns

Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari has announced that he is resigning from his portfolio. The decision came after a week of allegations that the minister took bribes from a construction […]

Abe Cabinet in reshuffle

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reshuffled his Cabinet, but kept nine of his close allies in key Cabinet posts. Taro Aso, Fumio Kishida, Gen Nakatani and Akira Amari remain […]

Sports minister resigns

Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Hakubun Shimomura, has resigned his portfolio. The minister was responsible for the problems over the Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium which has been […]

IMF 2015 Article IV Consultation with Japan

IMF Executive Board Concludes 2015 Article IV Consultation with Japan Press Release No. 15/352 July 23, 2015 On July 17, 2015, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) […]

Support plummets for Abe government

Support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s second Cabinet has moved into negative figures for the first time. The latest Yomiuri Shimbun poll reported in the Japan Times puts support for […]

Toshiaki Endo is new Minister in charge of Tokyo 2020

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appointed Minister of State Toshiaki Endo as the new Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The appointment comes as costs are […]

Second round of local elections today

Japan goes to the polls again today for the second round of local elections. In the first round on 12th April turnout was about 45%, a record low, with Prime […]

LDP win local elections round one

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) was a clear winner in the local elections which took place last Sunday. Incumbents backed by the LDP won all 10 gubernatorial […]

First round of local elections today

Japanese voters go to the polls today in local elections. There are ten gubernatorial elections in Hokkaido, Kanagawa, Fukui, Mie, Nara, Tottori, Shimane, Tokushima, Fukuoka and Oita prefectures. There are […]

Yoshimasa Hayashi resumes Agriculture portfolio

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lost his third Minister in six months as a result of a funding scandal. The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Koya Nishikawa, has resigned […]

Abe Cabinet gains in approval ratings

A poll published in the Asahi Shimbun suggests that there has been a surge in support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet. The poll gives the Cabinet a […]

Full list of new Cabinet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been confirmed as Prime Minister by Parliament and has announced his Cabinet. The Cabinet remains largely unchanged because, as the Prime Minister explained, he carried […]

Abenomics is back on track

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won his referendum on Abenomics yesterday when his coalition swept to victory in the snap general election. Abe had called the election to try and strengthen […]

Parliamentary 2014

An election to the Shugi-in (House of Representatives) took place on 14 December 2014. Prospective LDP–KM Coalition Liberal Democratic Party (Jiyu Minshu-to or Jimintō) 291 Komeito (Komei-to) 35 Third-pole parties […]

Voting under way in General Election

Japan’s voters have gone to the polls today to elect the 475 members of the House of Representatives, 295 of which are elected from single seat constituencies FPTP and 180 […]

Abe calls snap general election

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has called a snap general election which is expected to be held on 14th December. The Prime Minister said late yesterday that he would dissolve […]

Opponent to US air base wins Okinawa election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) suffered a major setback yesterday when a candidate who opposes United States military air bases was elected as the […]

Okinawa gubernatorial election will decide policy on US military bases

Hirokazu Nakaima, the current Governor of Okinawa is seeking a third term in office today in the gubernatorial election. Nakaima has been endorsed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic […]

New Trade and Justice Ministers appointed

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has appointed two new Cabinet Ministers after the resignations of his Trade and Justice Ministers on Monday. Yoichi Miyazawa has been appointed to be the […]