• SHARE

Among the jargon of Japanese politics, there’s a term called “Cabinet post waiting list”(Nyukaku taiki gumi). That list probably played a key role in the power game seen in Tuesday’s Cabinet reshuffle carried out by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, political analysts say.

The concept is a remnant of the old system probably dating back to the 1970s, when the ruling Liberal Democratic Party was comfortably in power and arbitrarily distributed Cabinet positions among members of influential intraparty factions.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

PHOTO GALLERY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)