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Suzuki to be Japan finance chief; Motegi to stay as foreign minister

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Suzuki, 68, will replace Taro Aso, 81, who has headed the Finance Ministry since December 2012 and oversaw two consumption tax hikes and efforts to rein in Japan's massive public debt.

...efforts to rein in Japan's massive public debt..

Said efforts amounting to nothing, as each year the government comes up with new white elephants, ego projects and acquires useless and expensive techno-junk and military hardware...

Aso is married to Suzuki's older sister, while Suzuki belongs to an intraparty faction headed by Aso.

J-politics incest at its finest. Saying that the guy replacing Aso shares his DNA is an understatement, It's literally a clone of Aso.

Aso will serve as LDP vice president following a reshuffle of party executives on Friday.

The final insult to all the younger lawmakers and LDP party supporters who wanted to have dinosaurs like Aso and Nikai be sent to greener pastures. BTW, what comfy chair(s) did Nikai get?

Kishida is set to name former education minister Hirokazu Matsuno, 59, as chief cabinet secretary, replacing Katsunobu Kato.

The role, often called the lynchpin of an administration, includes holding daily press conferences as the government's top spokesperson and coordinating policy among various ministries and agencies.

Yeah, we saw how, amongst other, Suga ignored or deflected painful questions for 8 years. Definitely a key-job to any J-gov.

Former Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari, 72, will serve as secretary general, the LDP's de facto No. 2 post, while former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, 60, was named chairwoman of the policy council.

Amari, the guy so corrupt he gave Abe a run for his money and whom the public wanted to have sunset for years. Now, that's going to sit well with the plebs.

Takaichi, a right-wing nutter literally in the Abe-mold. R.I.P. Kishida's consensus-builder and pragmatic image.

Frankly, this line-up could have been from any of the Abe-years or the one Suga-year. Curious how all this will sit with the public?

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All in the family? Not based on capabilities?

It's been like that in japan

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/06/national/media-national/political-dynasties-government/

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Addition, can we puh-leaze stop that nonsense:

Matsuno belongs to a faction headed by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda, over which former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continues to wield strong influence despite no longer being an official member.

The faction is called "Hosoda"-faction for a reason. Hosoda is reining in 95 lawmakers while Abe couldn't even keep his own successive administrations under his control. (True that the members of his administration are ultimately chosen by the main factions though).

The level between both individuals is striking: Hosoda's name only appears in relation to his faction and during these weeks of party election circus I only saw 2 snippets of footage of him, being named by the news but without actually even seeing his face, entering rooms to super-vital-conferences/meetings. This guy, who reigns over the biggest faction, wants to remain out of the limelight and definitely succeeds in doing so.

On the other hand, Abe is the noisy little guy who couldn't get any respect from a pre-schooler going full Trump on Twitter.

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So it's starting to gel and as expected there isn't much to say about the "new" LDP and cabinet except to say, duh... Now, going into the fall general election will the Japanese vote the LDP out or buy this ploy hook, line and sinker?

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I heard a possible truth that Shinzo Abe is asking to become the Minister of Foreign Affairs after Motegi goes away.

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Posts previously held by Suzuki, whose father was former Prime Minister Zenko Suzuki, include environment minister and minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

I'd love to know just how statistically improbable it is for so many children of former prime ministers to also reach senior government positions.

I mean, I know how the system works, but in a functioning democracy I'd suggest Japan stands out as being a statistical irregularity.

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All in the family? Not based on capabilities?

It's been like that in japan

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/06/06/national/media-national/political-dynasties-government/

The only thing that changed , the daimyos wear suits instead of hakama nowadays... that's about it.

Now, going into the fall general election will the Japanese vote the LDP out or buy this ploy hook, line and sinker?

Is this a trick question,? We all know what will happen.

I'd love to know just how statistically improbable it is for so many children of former prime ministers to also reach senior government positions.

Yeah, if we could place bets on that we would all be millionaires.

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Soon to be outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in an interview with a Ryukyu Shimpo reporter that he wanted the Kishida government to go ahead with the Henoko relocation plan without any hitch, adding that the relocation was the only solution to eliminate the danger USMC Air Station Futenma posed to area residents.

He sounds as if the reason for the return of Futenma Air Station was to eliminate the danger the air station posed to area residents. Has he forgotten the return was announced ceremoniously to palliate the island-wide protest and uproar against the rape incident by three U.S. service members on a 12-year-old local girl?

If the elimination of the danger is the main reason why Futenma must be closed and returned, then for sure Kadena Air Base must be the next in line for a return. For, you know, Kadena has posed a far more danger and hazards than Futenma, owing to its countless aircraft accidents and sound/environment pollution.

After Kadena, it may be be Yokota Air Base in Tokyo. If so, I will take Suga’s words at face value; but, it not, he is tricking and cheating the whole nation.

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ShinkansenCabooseToday 

@blue:

Amari, the guy so corrupt he gave Abe a run for his money and whom the public wanted to have sunset for years. Now, that's going to sit well with the plebs.

Amari is the kingpin in Yamato City. He hasn’t changed a bit. My wife cringed when she heard his name.

"Kingpin" is the right word.

I recall a documentary I saw years ago about how back in the 70s/80s Italian mob-families cut up New-York like a cake: general corruption, alliances, allegiances, some occasional violence flaring up leaving one or more bodies in a ditch, etc.

It's pretty much the same but with kingpins at prefectural, regional, mayoral and district-levels and some of them ending up "politically" dead (albeit mostly for a limited time).

The new LDP internal org-chart is particularly revealing.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/9d562069ace72b1eb0157a6e77b52f9c44ea0326/images/000

Not only did Amari rise from the dead (but was he actually ever actually, like, really "dead"?), also Yuko "Drill" Obuchi is back. For reminder's purposes, she is one of former PM keizo Obuchi's daughters and got her nickname after a key piece of evidence (in the form of a hard disk drive) in a case brought against her on illegal political financing got destroyed with a driller back in 2014 (under Abe). No, I'm not kidding. You can't make this up!

The only way to sanitize J-politics would be to apply anti-mob-laws to politicians, as in: your staff/secretary is guilty/agrees to take the fall, you (the politician) are guilty, pretty much like mob-bosses. Also, introduction or application of sentences on obstruction of justice, minimum jail-sentences and maximum ineligibility sentences are needed to break up the "networks".

Japan is beyond the tilting-point when it comes to political corruption. It has literally become a third-world country...

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If Suga is really deceiving the nation, I have no sympathy for him to go out of the door. But if his successor was a man of the same mindset, what else should I say except that Japan was literally a hopeless country?

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Taro Aso, 81 … oversaw …. efforts to rein in Japan's massive public debt.

So he gets an F for those efforts.

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This man is Aso Taro’s brother-in-law. What’s the difference will it make with Suga’s administration. In other words Kishida is also among LDP’s puppet!

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It's becoming absolutely incestuous.

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The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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