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Encyclopedia > Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

Incumbent
Assumed office 
26 September 2006
Monarch Akihito
Preceded by Junichiro Koizumi
Succeeded by TBA

In office
31 October 2005 – 26 September 2006
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Preceded by Hiroyuki Hosoda
Succeeded by Yasuhisa Shiozaki

Member of Parliament
for Member of the House of Representatives
for Yamaguchi's 4th district
In office
11 September 2005 – Present
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Incumbent
Majority 137,701 (73.62%)

Born September 21, 1954 (1954-09-21) (age 52)
Flag of Japan Nagato, Yamaguchi, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Spouse Akie Abe
Religion Buddhism and Shinto[1]

Shinzo Abe (安倍 晋三 Abe Shinzō?, [abe ɕinzoː] ; born 21 September 1954) is the current Prime Minister of Japan, elected by a special session of the National Diet on 26 September 2006. He is Japan's youngest post-World War II prime minister and the first born after the war. He resigned abruptly on 12 September 2007 after months of mounting political pressure.[2] The resignation will take effect upon the election of his successor by an LDP party conference on 23 September.[3] Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Emblem of the Office of Prime Minister of Japan Kantei, Official residence of PM The Prime Minister of Japan ) is the usual English-language term used for the head of government of Japan, although the literal translation of the Japanese name for the office is Prime Minister of the Cabinet. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Akihito () (born December 23, 1933) is the current Emperor ) of Japan, the 125th sovereign to hold that title, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ... In Japan, the Chief Cabinet Secretary ) is the Minister of State charged with directing the Cabinet Secretariat. ... is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ... Hiroyuki Hosoda (細田博之) (b. ... Yasuhisa Shiozaki , b. ... The House of Representatives ) is the lower house of the Diet of Japan. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Nagato (長門市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... This section needs to be updated. ... Akie Abe , born June 10, 1962) is the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and current First Lady of Japan. ... A silhouette of a Buddha statue at Ayutthaya, Thailand. ... Shinto ) is the native religion of Japan and was once its state religion. ... Image File history File links Abe_Shinzo. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Emblem of the Office of Prime Minister of Japan Kantei, Official residence of PM The Prime Minister of Japan ) is the usual English-language term used for the head of government of Japan, although the literal translation of the Japanese name for the office is Prime Minister of the Cabinet. ... The National Diet of Japan ) is Japans legislature. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Abe was born into a political family, and studied political science in Japan. He has also studied in the United States. He worked in the private sector until 1982 when he began the first of several government jobs. He entered politics in 1993 when he won an election in the Yamaguchi Prefecture. Abe served under Prime Ministers Yoshiro Mori and Junichiro Koizumi, eventually becoming Koizumi's Chief Cabinet Secretary. Abe gained national fame for the strong stance he took against North Korea, which eventually propelled him to presidency of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the Prime Minister's office. While expected to follow the economic policies of his predecessor, Abe was also expected to improve the previously strained relations with the People's Republic of China. The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yoshiro Mori Yoshiro Mori (森 喜朗 Mori Yoshirō, born July 14, 1937) is a Japanese politician who served as the 85th and 86th Prime Minister of Japan from April 5, 2000 to April 26, 2001. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ... In Japan, the Chief Cabinet Secretary ) is the Minister of State charged with directing the Cabinet Secretariat. ... This section needs to be updated. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Foreign relations between Japan and China. ...

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Early life

Abe was born in Nagato and soon moved to Tokyo. He went to Seikei elementary school and Seikei high school respectively[4]. He studied political science at Seikei University, graduating in 1977. He later moved to the United States and studied "English for foreign students" and possibly political science at the University of Southern California, though he received no degree.[5] In April 1979 Abe began working for Kobe Steel.[6] He left the company in 1982 and pursued a number of governmental positions: executive assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, private secretary to the chairperson of the LDP General Council, and private secretary to the LDP secretary-general.[7] Nagato (長門市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... Campus of Seikei University Seikei University ) is private university in the Kichijōji neighborhood of the city of Musashino, Tokyo, Japan. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... Kobe Steel Limited (神戸製鋼所, Kōbe Seikōsho), aka Kobelco, (TYO: 5406) is a major Japanese steel manufacturer, headquartered in Kobe. ... A minister for foreign affairs, or foreign minister, is a cabinet minister who helps form the governmental foreign policy of a sovereign nation. ...


Abe was born into a political family of significance. His grandfather, Kan Abe, and father, Shintaro Abe, were both politicians. His mother, Yoko Kishi,[8] is the daughter of Nobusuke Kishi, who was prime minister of Japan from 1957 to 1960. This is a partial listing of prominent political families around the world. ... Kan Abe ) was a Japanese politician. ... Shintarō Abe (安倍 晋太郎; Abe Shintarō, April 29, 1924 - May 15, 1991) was a Japanese politician. ... Nobusuke Kishi Nobusuke Kishi (岸 信介 Kishi Nobusuke, November 13, 1896–August 7, 1987) was a Japanese politician and the 56th and 57th Prime Minister of Japan from February 25, 1957 to June 12, 1958 and from then to July 19, 1960. ...


Member of House of Representatives

Shinzō Abe (right), as Chief Cabinet Secretary, meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in January 2006.
Shinzō Abe (right), as Chief Cabinet Secretary, meets with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in January 2006.

Shinzō Abe was elected to the first district of Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1993 after his father's death in 1991, winning the most votes of any election in the prefecture's history. In 1999, he became Director of the Social Affairs Division, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary in the Yoshiro Mori and Junichiro Koizumi Cabinets from 2000–2003, after which he was appointed Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party. Image File history File links Robert_Zoellick_meets_Shinzo_Abe_2006-01-23. ... Image File history File links Robert_Zoellick_meets_Shinzo_Abe_2006-01-23. ... Robert B. Zoellick Robert Bruce Zoellick (IPA: ) (born July 25, 1953) is an American politician and (effective July 1, 2007) the eleventh president of the World Bank. ... Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yoshiro Mori Yoshiro Mori (森 喜朗 Mori Yoshirō, born July 14, 1937) is a Japanese politician who served as the 85th and 86th Prime Minister of Japan from April 5, 2000 to April 26, 2001. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ...


Abe was chief negotiator for the Japanese government on behalf of the families of Japanese abductees taken to North Korea, and accompanied Koizumi to meet Kim Jong-il in 2002. He gained national popularity when he demanded that Japanese abductees visiting Japan remain, in defiance of North Korea.[9] For other uses, see Negotiation (disambiguation). ... This article describes the structure of the Japanese Government. ... “Kidnapper” redirects here. ... Kim Jong-il (also written as Kim Jong Il) (born February 16, 1942) is the leader of North Korea. ...


On October 31, 2005, he was nominated Chief Cabinet Secretary of the fifth Koizumi Cabinet, succeeding Hiroyuki Hosoda. is the 304th day of the year (305th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... In Japan, the Chief Cabinet Secretary ) is the Minister of State charged with directing the Cabinet Secretariat. ... The Cabinet (内閣, Naikaku) is the executive branch of the government of Japan. ... Hiroyuki Hosoda (細田博之) (b. ...


He was the leader of a project team within the LDP that did a survey on "excessive sexual education and gender-free education." Among the items to which this team raised objections were anatomical dolls and other curricular materials "not taking into consideration the age of children," school policies banning traditional boys' and girls' festivals, and mixed-gender physical education. The team sought to provide contrast to the Democratic Party of Japan, which it alleged supported such policies.[10] Anatomically precise dolls (also known as anatomically correct dolls) are supplied with all the primary and secondary sexual characteristics with which their human counterparts are equipped: “oral and anal openings, ears, tongues, nipples, and hands with individual fingers” for all and a “vagina, clitoris and breasts” for each of the... Physical education (PE) is the interdisciplinary study of all area of science relating to the transmission of physical knowledge and skills to an individual or a group, the application of these skills, and their results. ... The Democratic Party of Japan ) is a liberal party in Japan. ...


On September 20, 2006, Shinzo Abe was elected as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.[11] His chief competitors for the position were Sadakazu Tanigaki and Taro Aso. Yasuo Fukuda was a leading early contender but ultimately chose not to run. Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, to whose faction both Abe and Fukuda belonged, stated that the faction strongly leant toward Abe.[12] is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This section needs to be updated. ... Sadakazu Tanigaki , born March 7, 1945) is Japans Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi. ... Taro Aso Taro Aso (麻生太郎 Asō Tarō, born September 20, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka) is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of Japan. ... Yasuo Fukuda (福田康夫 Fukuda Yasuo, born July 16, 1936) is a Japanese politician. ... Yoshiro Mori Yoshiro Mori (森 喜朗 Mori Yoshirō, born July 14, 1937) is a Japanese politician who served as the 85th and 86th Prime Minister of Japan from April 5, 2000 to April 26, 2001. ...


On September 26, Shinzo Abe was elected prime minister with 339 of 475 votes in the Diet's lower house and a firm majority in the upper house.[13] The House of Representatives ) is the lower house of the Diet of Japan. ... The House of Councillors ) is the upper house of the Diet of Japan. ...


Prime Minister

Abe, elected at age 52, in 2006, is the youngest prime minister since Fumimaro Konoe in 1941.[14] Fumimaro Konoe Prince Fumimaro Konoe (近衞{衛 in Shinjitai} 文麿 Konoe Fumimaro) (sometimes Konoye, October 12, 1891–December 16, 1945) was a Japanese politician and the 34th (June 4, 1937–January 5, 1939), 38th (July 22, 1940–July 18, 1941) and 39th (July 18, 1941–October 18, 1941) Prime Minister of Japan. ...


Domestic Policy

Economy

Abe has expressed a general commitment to the fiscal reforms instituted by his predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi.[14] He has taken some steps toward balancing the Japanese budget, such as appointing a tax policy expert, Koji Omi, as Minister of Finance. Omi has previously supported increases in the national consumption tax, although Abe has distanced himself from this policy and seeks to achieve much of his budget balancing through spending cuts.[15] Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ... Kōji Omi , b. ... A consumption tax is a tax on the purchase of a good or service. ...


Education

Since 1997, as the bureau chief of "Institute of Junior Assembly Members Who Think About The Outlook of Japan and History Education," Abe supported the controversial Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform and the New History Textbook. He denies the abduction of comfort women by Japanese troops, claims that a history textbook must contribute to the formation of national consciousness, and cites South Korean criticism of the New History Textbook as foreign interference in Japanese domestic affairs.[16] Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform ) is a group founded in 1997 to promote a revised view of Japanese history. ... Comfort women ) or military comfort women ) is a euphemism for the up to 200,000 women who served in the Japanese armys brothels during World War II. Historians and researchers into the subject have stated that the majority were from Korea, China and other occupied territories and were recruited... For the history of Korea, see Korea. ...


In March 2007, Abe along with right-wing politicians have proposed a bill to encourage nationalism and a "love for one's country and hometown" among the Japanese youth.[citation needed].


Imperial household

Abe holds conservative views in the Japanese imperial succession controversy, and has said he opposes amending Japanese law to permit female blood lines to succeed the imperial family. Succession of the imperial family by the female blood line should not be confused with ascension of a woman to the Chrysanthemum Throne as Empress.[citation needed] The Japanese Imperial succession controversy refers to the question of whether Japans laws of succession under the The Imperial Household Law of 1947 should be changed from male-only primogeniture to equal primogeniture. ...


Foreign policy

Shinzo Abe at APEC 2006, with U.S. President George W. Bush and President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea.
Shinzo Abe at APEC 2006, with U.S. President George W. Bush and President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea.

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North Korea

Shinzō Abe has generally taken a hard-line stance with respect to North Korea, especially regarding the North Korean abductions of Japanese. In May 2004, North Korea allowed the five children of two abducted couples to leave North Korea and join their families, who had come back to Japan for a year and a half. ...


In 2002 negotiations between Japan and North Korea, Prime Minister Koizumi and General Secretary Kim Jong Il agreed to give abductees permission to visit Japan. A few weeks into the visit, the Japanese government decided that the abductees would be restricted from returning to North Korea where their families live. Abe took credit for this policy decision in his best-selling book, Toward a Beautiful Nation (美しい国へ Utsukushii kuni e?). North Korea criticized this Japanese decision as a breach of a diplomatic promise, and the negotiations aborted. Kim Jong-il (born February 16, 1942) has been the leader of North Korea since 1994. ...


On July 7, 2006, North Korea conducted missile tests over the Sea of Japan. Abe, as Chief Cabinet Secretary, cooperated with Foreign Minister Taro Aso to seek sanctions against North Korea in the United Nations Security Council.[citation needed] The Sea of Japan is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, bordered by Japan, Korea and Russia. ... Taro Aso Taro Aso (麻生太郎 Asō Tarō, born September 20, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka) is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of Japan. ... “Security Council” redirects here. ...


China, South Korea, and Taiwan

Abe has publicly recognized the need for improved relations with the People's Republic of China and, along with Foreign Minister Taro Aso, seeks an eventual summit meeting with Chinese paramount leader Hu Jintao.[17] Abe has also said that Sino-Japanese relations should not continue to be based on emotions.[18] Taro Aso Taro Aso (麻生太郎 Asō Tarō, born September 20, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka) is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of Japan. ... This is a Chinese name; the family name is Hu Hu Jintao (Simplified Chinese: ; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; born December 21, 1942) is currently the Paramount Leader of the Peoples Republic of China, holding the titles of General Secretary of the Communist Party of China since 2002, President of the... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Foreign relations between Japan and China. ...


On August 4, 2006, the Japanese media reported that Shinzō Abe had visited the Yasukuni Shrine (a shrine that includes convicted Class A war criminals in its honored war dead) in April of that year. Abe claimed the visit was of a personal and non-official nature, as Former Prime Minister Koizumi has in the past. The Chinese and South Korean governments expressed concern over the visit.[19][20] Both Abe and Foreign Minister Tarō Asō have stated that any visits to Yasukuni are a domestic matter.[14] In the end, Abe visited the Chidorigafuchi cemetery on August 15, 2007 and abstained from visiting the Yasukuni shrine.[21] is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Torii Gate at Yasukuni Shrine The main building of Yasukuni Shrine Yasukuni Shrine 75th anniversary Stamp (1944) Yasukuni Shrine ) is a Shinto shrine located in Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to the spirits of soldiers and others who died fighting on behalf of the Emperor of Japan. ... A war crime is a punishable offense, under international law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ... The Chidorigafuchi Senbotsusha Boen (千鳥ヶ淵戦没者墓苑) is the Japanese cemetary for war dead, near to the Imperial Palace and Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Moreover, Abe is respected among politicians on Taiwan. Chen Shui-bian welcomed Abe's ministership[22]. Part of Abe's appeal in Taiwan is historical: his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi was pro-Taiwan, and his great-uncle Eisaku Satō was the last prime minister to visit Taiwan while in office.[22] Chen Shui-bian, President of the Republic of China Chen Shui-bian (ch. ... Nobusuke Kishi Nobusuke Kishi (岸 信介 Kishi Nobusuke, November 13, 1896–August 7, 1987) was a Japanese politician and the 56th and 57th Prime Minister of Japan from February 25, 1957 to June 12, 1958 and from then to July 19, 1960. ... This article or section needs to be updated. ...


Abe has expressed the need to strengthen political, security, and economic ties within the Southeast Asian region. Abe has increased its allies in its international campaign to counter the North Korean nuclear cards. So far, Abe has successfully visited the Philippines and Indonesia, and although China is not within the Southeast Asian region, Japan has also sought for their support.


India

Shinzo Abe's three day visit to India in August, 2007 is said to be the start of a new Asian alliance. Abe proposed a 'Broader Asia" alliance of democracies as a (supposedly) counterweight to China's growing influence in the realm of economics and military power. Abe's initiative is seen to be the "fifth" bilateral link in this emerging scenario whereas the US-Australia, US-Japan, Japan-Australia, and US-India links are already established. A sixth link of the India-Australia is said to be the logical corollary in an attempt to create a new quadrilateral of military co-operation which China has labeled the "Asian Nato".


Abe's India foreign policy is pragmatic, as it is based on boosting Japan's resurgent economic indicators, while gaining a crucial partner in Asia. India, is alone amongst all major Asian countries, not to have a history of serious military dispute with Japan. Most Indians view Japan as a benefactor of the Indian freedom struggle during World War II (it supported Subhas Chandra Bose a.k.a. Netaji and the Indian National Army) and as a pacifist country. This coupled with the lone dissenting judgement by the Indian judge Radhabinod Pal during the War Crime tribunal of Japanese Class A war criminals and the cultural impact of Buddhism (which originated in India) has endeared India to the Japanese. Netaji poster in Thiruvananthapuram Subhas Chandra Bose (January 23, 1897 - August 18, 1945) also known as Netaji, was a Orissa born and Bengal based Indian leader of the movement to win independence from British rule. ... The Indian National Army (I.N.A) or Azad Hind Fauj was the army of the Arzi Hukumat-e-Azad Hind (The Provisional Government of Free India ) which fought along with the Japanese 15th Army during the Japanese Campaign in Burma, and in the Battle of Imphal, during the Second... Monument honouring Radhabinod Pal, at Tokyos Yasukuni shrine, Japan Justice Radhabinod Pal (27 January 1886 – 10 January 1967) was an Indian jurist. ... Class A can refer to: Class A war criminal - see war crime. ... A silhouette of a Buddha statue at Ayutthaya, Thailand. ...


Defense

Abe also seeks to revise or broaden the interpretation of Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan in order to permit Japan to maintain de jure military forces. He has stated that "we are reaching the limit in narrowing down differences between Japan's security and the interpretation of our constitution."[23] The Constitution of Japan has the Article 9 No War clause. ... Look up De jure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In response to North Korean missile tests in 2006, Abe (then Chief Cabinet Secretary) stated in a press conference that Japan had to explore the ability to bombard the bases of an attacker, which was internationally broadcast as a "first strike theory". The governments of South and North Korea and China respectively accused it as a representation of aggressive policy of Japan. When China and Russia indicated to assert veto, Abe contradicted that what he had said had not been "first strike."[citation needed] In nuclear strategy, first strike capability is a countrys ability to defeat another nuclear power by destroying its arsenal to the point where the attacking country can survive the weakened retaliation. ...


Like his predecessors, he supports the Japanese alliance with the United States.[13]


Cabinet

Abe's cabinet was announced on September 26, 2006. The only minister retained in his position from the previous Koizumi cabinet was Foreign Minister Taro Aso, who had been one of Abe's competitors for the LDP presidency. In addition to the cabinet positions existing under Koizumi, Abe created five new "advisor" positions. Shinzo Abe however announced a new cabinet on August 27, 2007 [24] is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Taro Aso Taro Aso (麻生太郎 Asō Tarō, born September 20, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka) is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of Japan. ...

Secretary Kaoru Yosano (replaced Yasuhisa Shiozaki on 2007-08-27 after cabinet restructuring)
Internal Affairs Hiroya Masuda
Justice Kunio Hatoyama
Foreign Affairs Nobutaka Machimura
Finance Fukushiro Nukaga (appointed on 2007-08-27 after cabinet restructuring)
Education Bunmei Ibuki
Health Youichi Masuzoe
Agriculture Masatoshi Wakabayashi (replaced Takehiko Endo on 2007-09-04)
Economy Akira Amari
Land Tetsuzo Fuyushiba
Environment Ichirou Kamoshita[25]
Public Safety,
Disaster Prevention
Shinya Izumi
Defense Masahiko Komura (replaced Yuriko Koike on 2007-08-27 after cabinet restructuring)
Economic Policy Hiroko Ota
Financial Affairs Yoshimi Watanabe (Watanabe takes two posts)
Admin. and Reg. Reform Yoshimi Watanabe (replaced Genichiro Sata on 2006-12-28[26])
Okinawa,
Northern Territories,
Technology,
Innovation
Fumio Kishida
Population, Youth and Gender Equality Yoko Kamikawa (Replaced Sanae Takaichi on 2007-08-27 after cabinet restructuring)
National Security Advisor Yuriko Koike
Economic Policy Advisor Takumi Nemoto
North Korean
Abductions Advisor
Kyoko Nakayama
Education Advisor Eriko Yamatani
Public Relations Advisor Hiroshige Seko

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Unpopularity and resignation

Main article: Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) leadership election, 2007

After Agricultural Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka committed suicide, Abe's approval rating remained below 30% for months. Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered great losses in the upper house election. Another agricultural minister, Norihiko Akagi, who was involved in a political funding scandal, resigned after the election. Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... A leadership election will be held in the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan on 23 September 2007[1] after the incumbent party leader and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe announced that he would resign on 12 September 2007. ... Image File history File links Gnome_globe_current_event. ... Matsuoka and Mike Johanns Toshikatsu Matsuoka ) (February 25, 1945 – May 28, 2007) was a Japanese politician. ... This section needs to be updated. ... Elections to the House of Councillors, the upper house of the legislature of Japan, were held on July 29, 2007. ... Norihiko Akagi (赤城 徳彦, Akagi Norihiko, born on April 18, 1959) is Japans current Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. ...


Abe announced a new cabinet on August 27, 2007 trying to save his party. However the new agricultural minister Takehiko Endo resigned only 7 days after being involved in a finance scandal. Takehiko Endo , born October 5, 1938) is a Japanese politician who is a member of Liberal Democratic Party, serving in the House of Representatives in the Diet of Japan. ...


On September 12, 2007, Abe announced to resign his position as prime minister at an unscheduled press conference, only three days after a new parliamentary session had begun.[27][28][29] Abe said his unpopularity was hindering the passage of an anti-terrorism law, involving among other things Japan's continued military presence in Afghanistan. Party officials also said the embattled Prime Minister was suffering from poor health. Taro Aso was rumored to be one of the most likely successors.[30] Yasuo Fukuda and Sadakazu Tanigaki are also possible successors.[31][32] Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has rejected party calls to run again.[33] is the 255th day of the year (256th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of a cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... Taro Aso Taro Aso (麻生太郎 Asō Tarō, born September 20, 1940 in Iizuka, Fukuoka) is the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Government of Japan. ... Yasuo Fukuda (福田康夫 Fukuda Yasuo, born July 16, 1936) is a Japanese politician. ... Sadakazu Tanigaki , born March 7, 1945) is Japans Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ...


Faction

Abe is a member of the Mori Faction (formally, the Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyū-kai) of the Liberal Democratic Party. This faction is headed by former prime minister Yoshiro Mori. Junichiro Koizumi was a member of the Mori Faction prior to leaving it, as is the custom when accepting a high party post. From 1986 to 1991, Abe's father, Shintaro, headed the same faction. The Seiwa Seisaku Kenkyū-kai has sixty members in the House of Representatives and twenty six in the House of Councillors. This section needs to be updated. ... Yoshiro Mori Yoshiro Mori (森 喜朗 Mori Yoshirō, born July 14, 1937) is a Japanese politician who served as the 85th and 86th Prime Minister of Japan from April 5, 2000 to April 26, 2001. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ... The House of Representatives ) is the lower house of the Diet of Japan. ... The House of Councillors ) is the upper house of the Diet of Japan. ...


Personal life

View on history

Since 1997, as the bureau chief of the 'Institute of Junior Assembly Members Who Think About the Outlook of Japan and History Education', Abe led the Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform. On his official homepage [34] he questions the extent to which coercion was applied toward the comfort women, dismissing Korean "revisionism" as foreign interference in Japanese domestic affairs. In a Diet session on October 6, 2006, Abe revised his statement regarding comfort women, and said that he accepted the report issued in 1993 by the sitting cabinet secretary, Yohei Kono, where the Japanese government officially acknowledged the issue. Later in the session, Abe stated his belief that Class A war criminals are not criminals under Japan's domestic law [35]. Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform ) is a group founded in 1997 to promote a revised view of Japanese history. ... Comfort women ) or military comfort women ) is a euphemism for the up to 200,000 women who served in the Japanese armys brothels during World War II. Historians and researchers into the subject have stated that the majority were from Korea, China and other occupied territories and were recruited... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yohei Kono (河野洋平, Kōno Yōhei, born January 15, 1937) is a Japanese politician. ... President of the Tribunal, Sir William Webb, Justice of the High Court of Australia, presiding over the Tribunal in 1946. ...


In a meeting of the Lower House Budget Committee in February 2006, Shinzo Abe said, 'There is a problem as to how to define aggressive wars; we cannot say it is decided academically',[36] and 'It is not the business of the government to decide how to define the last world war. I think we have to wait for the estimation of historians'.[36] However, on a TV program in July 2006 [37] he denied that Manchukuo was a puppet state. Flag Anthem National Anthem of Manchukuo Map of Manchukuo Capital Hsinking Government Constitutional monarchy Emperor  - 1932 - 1934 Datong (Chief Executive) (Aisingioro Puyi)  - 1934 - 1945 Kangde-Emperor (Aisingioro Puyi) Prime Minister  - 1932 - 1935 Zheng Xiaoxu  - 1935 - 1945 Zhang Jinghui Historical era World War II  - Established 1932  - Disestablished 1945 Manchukuo (1932–1945... A puppet state is a state whose government, though notionally of the same culture as the governed people - owes its existence (or other major debt) to being installed, supported or controlled by a more powerful entity, typically a foreign power. ...


Abe published a book called Toward a Beautiful Nation (美しい国へ Utsukushii kuni e?) in July 2006, which became a bestseller in Japan. In this book, he claims that Class A war criminals (those charged with crimes against peace) who were adjudicated in the Tokyo Tribunal after World War II were not war criminals in the eye of domestic law.[citation needed] The Korean and Chinese governments, as well as noted academics and commentators, have voiced concern about Abe's historical views. [38][39][40] A war crime is a punishable offense, under international (criminal) law, for violations of the law of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ... A crime against peace, in international law, consists of starting or waging a war against the territorial integrity, political independence or sovereignty of a state, or in violation of international treaties, agreements or (legally binding) assurances. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


In March 2007, in response to a United States Congress resolution by Mike Honda, Abe denied any government coercion in the recruitment of Comfort Women during World War II[41], in line with a statement made almost ten years prior regarding the same issue, in which Abe voiced his opposition to the inclusion of the subject of military prostitution in several school textbooks and then denied any coercion in the "narrow" sense of the word, environmental factors notwithstanding.[42] Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political... Michael Makoto Mike Honda (Japanese: 本田 誠 born June 27, 1941) is an American Democratic politician. ... Comfort women ) or military comfort women ) is a euphemism for the up to 200,000 women who served in the Japanese armys brothels during World War II. Historians and researchers into the subject have stated that the majority were from Korea, China and other occupied territories and were recruited... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, then Chief Cabinet Secretary, with a group of students from Harvard University. His future Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki (himself a graduate of Harvard University) is standing to his left.

However, it provoked negative reaction from Asian and Western countries, for example, The New York Times editorial on March 6, 2007, “What part of “Japanese Army sex slaves” does Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, have so much trouble understanding and apologizing for? ... These were not commercial brothels. Force, explicit and implicit, was used in recruiting these women. What went on in them was serial rape, not prostitution. The Japanese Army’s involvement is documented in the government’s own defense files. A senior Tokyo official more or less apologized for this horrific crime in 1993.... Yesterday, he grudgingly acknowledged the 1993 quasi apology, but only as part of a pre-emptive declaration that his government would reject the call, now pending in the United States Congress, for an official apology. America isn’t the only country interested in seeing Japan belatedly accept full responsibility. Korea and China are also infuriated by years of Japanese equivocations over the issue.[43] A Washington Post editorial "Shinzo Abe's Double Talk" on March 24, 2007 also criticized him that "he's passionate about Japanese victims of North Korea -- and blind to Japan's own war crimes."[44] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2431x1467, 772 KB) Summary Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2431x1467, 772 KB) Summary Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... Yasuhisa Shiozaki , b. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Response to mass media

The Asahi Shimbun also accused Abe and Shoichi Nakagawa of censoring a 2001 NHK program concerning "The Women's International War Crimes Tribunal" [45]. The "tribunal" was a private committee to adjudicate 'comfort women', sexual slaves of the Japanese army; about 5000 people including 64 casualties from Japan and abroad attended. The committee members, who claimed to be specialists of international law, claimed that Emperor Hirohito and the Japanese government were responsible for the use of comfort women. The TV program, however, did not mention the full name of the tribunal and keywords such as 'Japanese troops' or 'sexual slavery', and it also cut the sight of the tribunal, the host grouping, statements of the organizer, and the judgement itself. Instead, it presented criticism against the tribunal by a right-wing academic and his statement that 'there was no abduction of sex slaves and they were prostitutes' [46]. Asahi-OSAKA office Asahi is a common name in Japan, for other uses see Asahi. ... Shoichi Nakagawa (中川 昭一 Nakagawa Shōichi, born July 19, 1953, Hokkaidō), is a Japanese politician currently serving as Chairman of the Policy Research Council of the Liberal Democratic Party. ... NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo NHK (, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ... Comfort women ) or military comfort women ) is a euphemism for the up to 200,000 women who served in the Japanese armys brothels during World War II. Historians and researchers into the subject have stated that the majority were from Korea, China and other occupied territories and were recruited... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Hirohito (裕仁), the Shōwa Emperor (昭和天皇), (April 29, 1901 - January 7, 1989) reigned over Japan from 1926 to 1989. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ...


On the day following the Asahi Shimbun report, Akira Nagai, the chief producer and primary person responsible for the program, held a press conference and ensured the report of the Asahi Shimbun. Abe stated that the content "had to be broadcasted from a neutral point of view" and 'what I did is not to give political pressure.' Abe said "It was a political terrorism by Asahi Shimbun and it was tremendously clear that they had intention to inhume me and Mr.Nakagawa politically, and it is also clear that it was complete fabrication." He also characterized the tribunal as a "mock trial" and raised objection to the presence of North Korean prosecutors singling them out as agents of North Korean government. [47] Abe's actions in the NHK incident have been criticized as being both illegal (violating the Broadcast Law) and unconstitutional (violating the Japanese Constitution).[48] A news program aired on TBS on July 21, 2006 about a secret biological weapons troop of Imperial Japanese Army called 'Unit 731', along with a picture panel of Shinzō Abe, who has no relation to the report. Abe said in a press conference, "It is a truly big problem if they want to injure my political life." The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications inquired into fact relevance and stated that there had been an omission in editing the TV program fairly, making an administrative direction of exceptional stringent warning based upon Broadcast Law. On October 24, 2006, a report emerged that Abe's new administration had called on the NHK to "pay attention" to the North Korean abductees issue. [49] Critics, some even within Abe's own LDP party, charged that the government was violating freedom of expression by meddling in the affairs of the public broadcaster. In December, 2006, it was revealed that former Prime-Minister Junichiro Koizumi's government, in which Abe was Chief Cabinet Secretary, had influenced town hall style meetings, during which paid performers would ask government officials favorable questions.[50] Asahi-OSAKA office Asahi is a common name in Japan, for other uses see Asahi. ... Terrorist redirects here. ... North Korea, officially the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK; Korean: Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk; Hangul: 조선민주주의인민공화국; Hanja: 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國), is a country in eastern Asia... The prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution in countries adopting the common law adversarial system or the civil law inquisitorial system. ... Broadcast law is the field of law which pertains to broadcasting. ... The present Constitution of Japan took effect on May 3, 1947, during the American occupation after the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II. The Constitution of the Empire of Japan (1889–1947) The first constitution in Japan was enacted by the Emperor during the Meiji... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Body disposal at Unit 731 Unit 731 was a covert biological warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that undertook lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and World War II. It was responsible for some of the most notorious war crimes carried... Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (総務省 Soumu-sho) is one of ministries in the Cabinet of Japan. ... Broadcast law is the field of law which pertains to broadcasting. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... NHK Broadcasting Center in Shibuya, Tokyo NHK (, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai), or the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japans public broadcaster. ... In May 2004, North Korea allowed the five children of two abducted couples to leave North Korea and join their families, who had come back to Japan for a year and a half. ... Junichiro Koizumi , born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. ...

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Preceded by
Shintaro Abe
Representative for Yamaguchi 1st District
1993 – 2005
Succeeded by
Masahiko Komura
New constituency Representative for Yamaguchi 4th District
2005 – present
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Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan
2005 – 2006
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Prime Minister of Japan
2006 – 2007
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2003 – 2004
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2006 – 2007
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NAME Abe, Shinzō
ALTERNATIVE NAMES 安倍 晋三 (Japanese)
SHORT DESCRIPTION Japanese Prime Minister
DATE OF BIRTH September 21, 1954
PLACE OF BIRTH Nagato, Yamaguchi, Japan
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