Abe faces host of diplomatic, economic issues after cabinet revamp


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Whatever.. as if it all means something anyway. Same old BS. Same old faces. Nothing to see here folks. move on

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What a success, keep the same team because they have done? Absolutely nothing for half a decade yahooooo I look forward to another decade of urges, pledges, promise. And maintaining zero results mediocrity is the best Japan can produce.

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Wow, for someone who promised to support women with his womenomics there are not many females to be found.

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It's difficult to tell the photo on the wall from the muppets at the table. Think the tax rise should go directly to these muppets. What the hell.

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A very good team. Japan needs a conservative at Justice. Someone who will enforce the law. KAMIKAWA is too weak. Overall a good team.

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19/1 male female. Would never fly in any other country other than Japan.

She is going to be a lonely lady with nothing to say that this bunch of cronies will want to hear.

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Why does he hate women and younger people so much?

Nothing to see here folks, move economy down

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As expected from the great old LDP cronies.

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What a bunch of crooks.

For example, how on earth can Amari be given a post after his "criminal-acts-that-can't-be-proven-ha-ha" in 2016.

And Abe, Nikai, Aso all have huge question marks hanging over them for a multitude of shady acts.

Just water off a ducks back to these birds of a feather.


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a term referring more to their means of locomotion than a meaningful government action

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Almost Ministers are "Yes man" of Prime Minister.

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Lol womenomics. Asian women are fourth class citizens. Incredible!!

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Not one of them is under 50. "Stack the decks with cronies of old! Fa la la la la!"

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One woman in the cabinet? Isn’t this the same joker that advocated to many many companies to put women in key leading positions? I think he should lead by example and put more women in key leading positions. Maybe even a lot of the old fossils in the cabinet , maybe even himself!!!

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Is like it Abe could have change much in this area. It require more time to even the balance. Decades of time. There was never many potential ones to select,because the system has always been harsh on the females before Abe time. At first he tried a few years ago but got burned hard,because media and his political enemies keep finding these women flaws and weaknesses. They try to ruin him saying he keep putting incompetent females in positions when there is so many possible males candidates. And now they complain he doesn't have enough females. Politics will always find flaws in his decision.

And so far none of the women ministers in foreign country is doing good so far. They are basically burning their countries down.

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@Hiro - And so far none of the women ministers in foreign country is doing good so far. They are basically burning their countries down.

Youre Japanese, right? Therefore, you have very little idea what women in politics around the world are doing. You should leave such statements for the izakaya with your ‘oyaji’ mates. Many countries have and have had powerful and successful female leaders.

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Sure the reporter comments about the number of women in the new cabinet. But did you notice the complete lack of any mention of the total absence of any trans homosexual bi-racial muslim people of color? Kind of a glaring omission I would say.

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Clear sign that Japan is an aging society. Or already aged society.

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Obviously, the one behind Abe is a female.

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Women can do any ministerial work than any man. Even better in some cases like the ministry of finance.

The problem is that in some countries, governments put women ministers only for pure propaganda. To say face to face with public opinion the promotion of equality between men and women. And the majority of these women in high positions of responsibility, are not qualified to exercise that position. They do not have the level of education required for that position. They are only ministers because they held positions within the structures of the political party where they were active. Spain is a good example of what I am talking about. The current socialist government has placed women ministers with low education whose merit for that position is to be a member of the socialist party. And in the past 7 years ago that same party put a woman minister of health, with only secondary studies.

Compare the studies of women ministers from Spain, Portugal or Greece with those of Sweden, Finland, Germany, France or the United Kingdom. They are not the same.

Women are very capable of performing very well in their jobs. If they are well chosen.

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The govt is new, are the policies new ?

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The govt is new

No it's not.

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Strangerland, then why waste time and money on reelection ?

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Strangerland, then why waste time and money on reelection ?

What election?

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Strangerland, presidential election, as Abe told Trump a few days ago.

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Abe san said women should be in key roles. Is this OK to say Japan Today?

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Michael Machida, in a key position, play a key role, now one of them is on top, Abe didn't lie.

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She is going to be a lonely lady with nothing to say that this bunch of cronies will want to hear.

Satsuki Katayama will not be lonely. She is strong and intelligent, and people listen to her when she speaks. She is one of few LDP members, male or female, who is very capable. I am more than happy to see LDP being replaced, but she is an exception.

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 I heard it using my own ears, and was totally in shock. Abe told Trump that he won the presidential election ! in public, through translation.

That would be the election to the position of president of the LDP, not of Japan. No need to be shocked.

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So, the previous cabinet was a failure.

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albaleo, you are right, I then realized that Abe is playing with translation to fool the world that he is a president of something.

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Anyway, Abe chooses stability over other things, hopefully it is a wise choice. Japan needs to be an independent nation first, then puts economic prosperous back in track, then Japanese happiness will come the third, the last thing is to change the constitution to make it even more peaceful to protect Japanese from any wars.

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Geez, I guess you all won't be satisfied until Japan gets a FEMALE PM. Most likely she'll have a 99% female cabinet and perhaps a few token males, which is okay in today's political correct/gender correct society. Funny how the gender discrimination or bias complaints doesn't apply to females.

If women don't run for political office and they don't get the majority of women (and men) votes, they won't get elected.

At least Tokyo has a Female Governor. Wonder what is the gender makeup of HER cabinet is? How is HER approval rating?

By the way, any complaints or disappointment about the lack of LGBT persons in Abe's new cabinet?

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Halwick, you don't understand the issue. Japanese women are better than men, but they are not fully explored by the men who are afraid of losing powers. Lip service just doesn't satisfy today's women.

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Abe clearly wants stability over formality. That reveals his pragmatic part. Abe should be given a chance to repent his past 5 years' blunders. Automobile industry is Japan's lifeline, yet Japan lost the market in China to Germany and US, that is unforgivable, though China is the biggest trade partner of Japan.

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Notice what step Aso is on and who is really in charge.

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What an embarrassing photograph in 2018

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What the "we hate PC" crowd don't get, is that Abe's getting criticised for not appointing more women to the Cabinet because he's supposedly championing gender equality in Japan. This just shows that as usual, he's all talk.

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LDP meeting

Abe - "We are going to lower our number of token women in the cabinet this year. My advisors assure that the public won't even notice, let alone speak against it. Does anyone object?"

Aso - "I second this motion!"


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Penguins in the house quick use the bat phone.

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So all these problems were caused by? Hint, starts with “L” and ends with “P”...

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Hasn't he been facing these (and messing them up) ever since he came to power?

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OMG, what did Abe do wrong that he is so punished with so many difficulties ?

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Akie, would be quicker to answer the question, "What did he do right?" Start by asking the thousand still waiting for government assistance in disaster hit areas. Oh wait, we can't the Olympics is more important.

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Mr. Abe walks in very fine line. There's a problem for lack of money. Why don't you blame Toyota for potentially giving away their hybrid and fuel cells technology so they can continue to make money.

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a prerequisite for realizing what the prime minister has described as a "social security system that benefits all generations."

His LDP mates must be sniggering from their golf clubhouses when they hear talk like this. More of the same in other words. Zero accountability , no real opposition backed up by a slick and tested political machine.

It’s gunna be real interesting to see how this country copes with the upcoming massive technological advances , almost unimaginable numbers of people rendered useless and redundant along with global power shifts that will change the whole landscape. Let’s talk about social security then shall we? Are people even discussing the world in ten or twenty years and what should be being put into place now? If so, I must be missing it. Brave new world.

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“Revamp”in normanic language it refers to foot issues, but if you ask the slaves well halloween and transylvania come to mind.

Always hoping for more diversity on these enshrined islands.

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@Rick Kamishiki13 Japan has close to 40 percent of capable working people working part time and it's not getting better. The real problem is that major companies has to compete with labor cost beyond Japan. China's labor cost is still one fourth of Japan. Most Japanese companies have already sold out to survive in this competitive world by giving away their technologies. They don't care about the people in Japan.

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I think its about time the government had some fresh blood in the cabinet, I am sure there is some very bright people out there that could undertake, and maintain a better job than some of the current cabinet, and there should be a age limit where cabinet ministers are asked to step down.

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Brian* they are out there mate; shut out .

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So sorry there are no olympics for politicians

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19/1 male female. Would never fly in any other country other than Japan.

She is going to be a lonely lady with nothing to say that this bunch of cronies will want to hear.

Don't be too sure of that. There was a rime when Mrs.Thatcher was the only woman in the British cabinet

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19/1 male female. Would never fly in any other country other than Japan.

You really think Japan is the only country on this planet where that would happen?

While I haven't bothered to fact-check it, I would definitely bet money that Japan is definitely not the only country in the world in this situation.

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