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Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi speaks during a news conference at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday.
Feb 9, 2024
Hayashi denies agreeing to Unification Church policies
The chief cabinet secretary said he had not agreed to the policies of the church during a meeting with people linked to the religious group in 2021.
Takuo Komori, parliamentary vice minister for internal affairs, bows after speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 31, 2024
Two Abe faction members resign as vice ministers over funds scandal
The latest development in the scandal currently enveloping the LDP comes as the opposition is expected to gear up its criticism of the ruling party.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida referred to the underreporting by the faction that he previously led as “a series of administrative errors” and added that the group was going to make necessary amendments on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 18, 2024
LDP political funds probe nears close with top lawmakers likely unscathed
Clerical staff of LDP factions will likely face indictment over underreporting of revenues in political funds reports, while party heavyweights will emerge largely unscathed.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida awaits the results of a no-confidence vote against his Cabinet in the country's parliament on Dec. 13.
Jan 2, 2024
Unpacking the LDP's expected leadership race
LDP politicians are already talking about a leadership change, and the polls have shifted to who the public wants to see in the prime minister’s office.
Former LDP Secretary-General and Defense Minister Secretary Shigeru Ishiba has been a top choice to replace Kishida in a number of recent media polls.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
Who might succeed Fumio Kishida in 2024?
Several names have emerged as potential candidates for prime minister in the wake of a political funds scandal enveloping the LDP.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi took office on Dec. 14 after his predecessor quit over a political funds scandal.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 27, 2023
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi vows to tackle distrust
Hayashi, who took office after his predecessor quit over a funding scandal, says revising the relevant law is related to freedom of political activity.
Unlike his immediate predecessor, new Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi has chosen to speak in words of his own for some matters.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 24, 2023
Hayashi maneuvers through his new Cabinet position carefully
Hayashi has served in many Cabinet posts in the past, including defense minister, agriculture minister and education minister.
Families of deceased plaintiffs in lawsuits over wartime labor during Japan's colonial rule outside South Korea's Supreme Court in Seoul on Thursday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 21, 2023
South Korean court upholds wartime labor damages order for Japan firms
The rulings came as South Korea-Japan relations have been improving since Seoul announced in March its plan for solving the wartime labor issue.
Incoming Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi arrives at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 14, 2023
Kishida axes Abe faction members from government over funds scandal
In replacing nearly a dozen ministers and officials, the prime minister is attempting to contain the worst crisis of his administration so far.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy shakes hands with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a high-level Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine on the sidelines of the 78th U.N. General Assembly, at the U.N. headquarters in New York City on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 22, 2023
As Kishida takes center stage, Japan's diplomacy enters a new phase
The prime minister looks set to take on a larger role in representing the country on the world stage as he struggles to build a legacy domestically.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi offers prayers in front of a church in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha on Saturday.
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 9, 2023
Japan top diplomat makes first visit to Ukraine since war's start
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi met with a number of high-ranking officials in Kyiv, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Sri Lanka counterpart, Ali Sabry, during a joint news conference in Colombo on Saturday
Jul 29, 2023
Crisis-hit Sri Lanka invites Japan to resume investment
The South Asian island nation is working to restructure its massive debt to continue a $2.9 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi meets with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Friday in Jakarta.
Jul 14, 2023
Japan calls on China to approach Fukushima water release in 'scientific manner'
The issue of the water release took up a substantive amount of the hourlong talks between the nations' top diplomats, but the two did not come to a clear agreement on the matter.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 14, 2023
Japan calls on China to approach Fukushima water release in 'scientific manner'
The issue of the water release took up a substantive amount of the hourlong talks between the nations" top diplomats, but the two did not come to a clear agreement on the matter.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Japan assures safety of Fukushima water at ASEAN-plus-3 talks
No participants at the meeting explicitly opposed the plan except for China, which has repeatedly urged Japan not to go through with the discharge.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2023
Japan and China eye foreign ministers talks in Indonesia next week
The two ministers last met in early April when Yoshimasa Hayashi became the first Japanese foreign minister to travel to China since December 2019.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jun 20, 2023
LDP power struggle in Yamaguchi shows waning influence of Abe faction
With Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi having been selected for the new No. 3 district, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida"s caucus has come out on top over the Abe faction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
May 11, 2023
Chinese foreign minister conveys willingness to visit Japan
A visit this year would coincide with the 45th anniversary of the signing of the 1978 bilateral Peace and Friendship Treaty.
Japan Times
May 9, 2023
Foreign Minister Hayashi to join EU meeting on Indo-Pacific in Sweden
The EU"s second Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum, to be held in Stockholm on Saturday, is a vehicle to improve engagement with the fast-growing and economically-intertwined region.
Japan Times
Apr 19, 2023
Japan and France vow cooperation after Macron's comments on Taiwan
Speaking to Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, France"s Catherine Colonna stated that the security of the Indo-Pacific and Europe is "indivisible."


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