The “resignation domino” of cabinet ministers continued with Minister of Economic Revitalization Yamazaki Daishiro, Minister of Justice Yasuhiro Hanashi, and then Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Minoru Terada. The second Kishida cabinet has been plunged into a highly unusual situation in which three cabinet ministers have resigned in just three months since the start of the cabinet.
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During his eight-day stay abroad, Kishida’s approval rating continued to decline. A staff member at the prime minister’s office divulged, “First of all, he left because of Mr. Hanashi.
First of all, the departure of Mr. Kishida was delayed because of the incident with Mr. Hanashi. This in itself is something that should not have happened. We had to change our schedule. After boarding the government plane late at night, Prime Minister Kishida took off his tie as soon as he sat down and sighed loudly. Departing at 1:00 a.m. for 10 hours flight. During the nearly 10-hour flight, he “drank heavily,” which he had been trying to cut back on. He had been trying to cut back on drinking in bed recently, but it was more than just three drinks that he rushed to the airport.
He arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 hours behind schedule. He arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 hours later than scheduled, just in time for the East Asia Summit. After the Japan-Korea summit meeting, he traveled to Bali, Indonesia. At the Apurva Kempinski Bali hotel, where he was staying, he said he was unable to wake up at the usual time and overslept.
He was awakened by a phone call from Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara, who had kept him in the country. The prime minister did not have Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara accompany him, but left him in charge of the Diet during his absence. So, the domestic situation was Kishida -Kishida Kihara hotline day and night. There was a lot of work to be done, such as preparing for the Budget Committee meeting after I returned to Japan. Furthermore, there was the mismanagement of the cabinet ministers, which is said to be a domino of resignations. Frankly, I was in no condition to concentrate on diplomacy. … …” (Careers around Prime Minister Kishida)
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Even though it was an important diplomatic schedule for his trip to Asia, was it mentally “easier” than being in Japan, where his approval rating was plummeting due to a series of scandals? Prime Minister Kishida’s expression did not seem so urgent, while his daily alcohol consumption was said to have been not so low. However, he did not seem to be in a hurry to leave the country.
Kihara-san’s report that “as long as Minister Terada is a cabinet minister, the Rikken Dōshin has no choice but to continue to investigate politics and money” was met with the question, “Are you giving us a proper explanation?” Prime Minister Kishida pressed, “There was a matter reported in the press that violates the Public Election Law. He is the minister in charge of the Public Election Law, and is the chairman of the House of Representatives under the revised redistricting bill ( 10 increase 10 It has been pointed out that the minister in charge of the Public Election Law and in charge of the revised redistricting bill (10 increase and 10 decrease) is not allowed to violate the Public Election Law. In response to the question, “It may be confusing,” he seems to have decided to remove himself from office. The Diet cannot be extended any longer with the Tax Reform Bill and the revision of the three defense documents. There is also the 8th wave of Corona. Prime Minister Kishida finally said, ‘I see. … I understand. It seemed to be a moment of decision.
Prime Minister Kishida, who returned to Japan late in the evening of January 19, held a press conference after concluding a diplomatic schedule that included the East Asia Summit, ASEAN, and the G20, and referred to the appointment of Terada as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.
He said, “Toward the end of the year, the Diet will continue to be in a period of great challenges. During the next two months, we must concentrate all the power of the Kishida administration on one issue at a time. The administration will give top priority to this policy. Even in the cabinet ministers, I ask that they fulfill their accountability thoroughly, and then I will make a decision as the prime minister.”
The next day, the 20th, Terada was ousted.
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara’s negotiations with the opposition parties were harsh. The Rikken took a hard-line stance, making no concessions on the ‘bailout law’ and the ‘politics and money’ issue, and had no intention of relenting until Terada was removed from office. Prime Minister Kishida was so preoccupied with minimizing the extension of the Diet session that he could not afford to protect his own party’s ministers. In the end, he had to give up MIC Minister Terada’s head.
Terada himself had spent the weekend in his hometown of Hiroshima discussing the issue of his resignation with officials, and he continued to deny that he had resigned until he returned to Tokyo on the afternoon of August 20. There was strong opposition to the fact that his departure would be decided by “negotiations with the opposition parties. Indeed, this could prove to be a disaster for Prime Minister Kishida.
The frustration over the slow decision-making process and the fact that appointments are made at the behest of the appointee will eventually lead directly to Kishida’s downfall,” said a member of the Koikekai.
While Prime Minister Kishida has easily accepted Terada’s ouster, a senior LDP official said that he was able to set a “trap” firmly in place.
At the conclusion of the press conference, he said, “I would like to say one last thing. At the conclusion of the press conference, he went out of his way to make a show of saying that he would submit a bill for the relief of victims of the former Unification Church in consideration of the opposition parties. So, it could be seen as an attempt to show that he was taking it easy on the opposition. But, in the face of this apparent flattery, he then said, “You are also complicit in this, since you adopted the opposition party’s proposal. If you delay the parliamentary debate any longer, the opposition will be criticized as well.
The “resignation dominoes” continue unabated. Some say that Kishida himself is next.
He is the best drinker in the political world, but “he has become weak on alcohol. Politics and money, the weak yen, high prices, the 8th wave of Corona, the old Unification Association issue…there is a mountain of issues that the administration must deal with quickly. Unsuitable ministers have no choice but to resign, but if so many resignations continue, politics will stagnate. We can no longer afford to be stuck with the Kishida administration, which is not making decisions, not implementing them, and trying to appease and pass the time.
Interview and text by： Shutaro Iwashiro Photo： Reuters/Afro