Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has reshuffled the cabinet in the face of criticism of the Japanese government for its possible ties to the Unification Church. Many ministers remained in office, but Nobuo Kishi was relieved of his post.
Japan’s government resigned on Wednesday, according to the Russian news agency TASS citing Associated Press. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida later stated that he wanted to reshuffle the cabinet to distance the government from the Unification Church (also known as the “Mun Movement”). According to recent polls, approval for Kishida’s government had fallen to 46 percent, in part because of some ministers’ possible ties to the Unification Church.
So it was under Shinzō Abe
Also today, Kishida confirmed a new government composition after the resignation of the previous cabinet.
Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Finance Minister Shun’ichi Suzuki, Health Minister Katsunobu Katō and Head of the Cabinet Secretariat Hirokazu Matsuno will remain in office. Tetsuo Saitō continues to serve as Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
Yasukazu Hamada, who was Minister of Defense from 2008 to 2009, returned to that post, replacing Nobuo Kishi. Kishi, the younger brother of recently assassinated ex-Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, becomes the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor.
Former Minister of General Affairs Sanae Takaichi has been appointed as the new Minister of Economic Security.
Tarō Kōno, who was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2017 to 2019, has become Minister for Digitization.
Former Economic Development Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who was responsible for the government’s response to COVID-19, will become Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. He will also be responsible for economic cooperation with Russia. Yasuhiro Hanashi becomes Minister of Justice and Keiko Nagaoka Minister of Education.
After assassination: Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe died
On July 8, a man fired two shots at former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during a campaign speech in the old imperial city of Nara. The politician later died in hospital.
During the interrogations, the assassin admitted that he was angry with Abe because he believed Abe to be a representative of the Unification Church. The perpetrator was said to have been upset because his mother’s large donations to the church would have left his family destitute. Some experts consider the Unification Church to be a destructive cult. After the assassination, many Japanese were shocked by the possible links between the Unification Church and Japan’s leaders.
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