The Kawai scandal and the race to succeed Shinzo Abe

Reference | FYI Feb 3, 2020

The Kawai scandal and the race to succeed Shinzo Abe

by Eric Johnston

Hiroshima-based Liberal Democratic Party Diet member Anri Kawai admitted in January to receiving ¥150 million from LDP headquarters prior to the July 2019 Upper House election. Kawai, a novice in national politics, is also the wife of disgraced former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai, who ...

Abe shakes up LDP leadership, but retains key party heavyweights

National / Politics Sep 11, 2019

Abe shakes up LDP leadership, but retains key party heavyweights

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday appointed Olympics minister Shunichi Suzuki as chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council in a shake-up of the party leadership. Abe also picked former education minister Hakubun Shimomura as head of the LDP's Election Strategy Committee, while retaining ...

Abe eyes carrying out large-scale Cabinet reshuffle in mid-September

National / Politics Aug 17, 2019

Abe eyes carrying out large-scale Cabinet reshuffle in mid-September

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking at a large-scale reshuffle of his Cabinet and the Liberal Democratic Party leadership team, probably in mid-September, to be better prepared to tackle key policy challenges including constitutional amendments, it was learned Saturday. The previous reshuffle, last October, featured ...

Abe to throw hat into LDP presidential race next month

National / Politics Jul 14, 2018

Abe to throw hat into LDP presidential race next month

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic Party's presidential race next month, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday. Seeking to become Japan's longest-serving leader, Abe was initially expected to announce his plan for the September election on July 22, ...