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The political spotlight falls on Shimane Prefecture this weekend, as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan head Kenta Izumi will campaign on behalf of their candidates for the April 28 Lower House by-election. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/19/japan/politics/shimane-election-must-win/

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Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshimitsu Motegi’s decision to formally dissolve his faction Wednesday epitomizes his fall from grace as a potential successor to Fumio Kishida as party chief and possibly prime minister, experts say. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/18/japan/politics/motegi-faction-dissolution/

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A senior Liberal Democratic Party member will have to leave the party by April 25 after his request for a penalty review was denied. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/17/japan/politics/ldp-rejects-shionoya-request/

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Campaigning kicked off Tuesday for three Lower House by-elections set for April 28, with the results likely to determine whether Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s position within his party is strengthened or weakened. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/15/japan/politics/april-by-elections-preview/

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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering launching talks with its coalition partner on a proposed amendment of the political funds control law without first compiling a plan for the changes. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/13/japan/politics/ldp-political-funds-law-revision/

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hailed his weeklong visit to the U.S. as a diplomatic win, brushing off questions about the possibility of calling an early election amid turmoil in his party over a political funds scandal. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/13/japan/politics/kishida-us-success-snap-election/

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Public support for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Cabinet has fallen to 16.6% in April, a new low for the administration since its launch in October 2021, an opinion poll shows. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/11/japan/politics/japan-kishida-cabinet-support-fresh-low/

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While Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is away in the United States this week on a state visit, speculation is growing in Japan’s political world that once he returns, the deeply unpopular leader could dissolve parliament in June, with an election later in July. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/10/japan/politics/june-election-speculation/

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s punitive actions toward 39 Liberal Democratic Party members caught up in a slush funds scandal was about finding scapegoats and shoring up potential allies for key elections later this month and beyond, experts say. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/05/japan/politics/ldp-punishments-analysis/ #japan #politics #ldp #politicalfunds #koichihagiuda #toshimitsumotegi #hiroshigeseko #fumiokishida #toshihironikai

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday denied former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's involvement in a high-profile slush funds scandal involving LDP factions. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/05/japan/politics/kishida-denies-mori-fund-scandal-involvement/

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Two veteran Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers of the Abe faction were subject to an official recommendation Thursday to leave the party, as it scrambles to reach an internal resolution to a recent slush-fund scandal. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/04/japan/politics/ldp-punishment-shionoya-seko/ #japan #politics #ldp #politicalfunds #toshimitsumotegi #ryushionoya #hiroshigeseko

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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering a suspension of the memberships of party heavyweights Hakubun Shimomura and Yasutoshi Nishimura as punishment over a high-profile slush funds scandal involving internal factions. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/03/japan/politics/ldp-membership-suspension-eyed-nishimura-shimomura/ #japan #politics #ldp #politicalfunds #yasutoshinishimura #hakubunshimomura

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The exemption of Liberal Democratic Party President Fumio Kishida and former Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai from any internal reprimands over the party's slush funds scandal will likely spark further backlash, experts say. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/04/02/japan/politics/ldp-punishment-list/ #japan #politics #fumiokishida #ldp #politicalfunds #toshimitsumotegi #toshihironikai #yoshiromori

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is considering punishing scandal-tainted members of his LDP by recommending that they leave the party. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/31/japan/politics/kishida-ldp-members-punishment/ #japan #politics #fumiokishida #ldp #politicalfunds #shinzoabe #yasutoshinishimura #hiroshigeseko

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The Liberal Democratic Party has questioned former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori over the latest political funds scandal behind the scenes, but he has denied any involvement in the matter, LDP sources have said. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/30/japan/politics/ldp-yoshiro-mori-funds-scandal-questioned/

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Debates on political reform are set to dominate the second half of the current parliamentary session as the ruling Liberal Democratic Party continues to deal with the aftermath of the political slush fund scandal that came to light last year. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/29/japan/politics/kishida-parliament-political-reform/

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Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori may be probed by Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party over what role, if any, he played in the decision by the party's largest faction to continue an unlawful kickback scheme. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/28/japan/politics/former-pm-mori-probe/

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Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Toshihiro Nikai, 85, known for his close relations with China, will not run in the next Lower House election, amid an ongoing funds scandal enveloping the party. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/25/japan/politics/japan-ldp-nikai-to-retire/

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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is considering imposing severe punishments on four of its senior members over their involvement in a political funds scandal, with non-endorsement in elections among the possible penalties. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/24/japan/politics/ldp-eyes-punishing-four/ #japan #politics #ldp #politicalfunds #ryushionoya #hakubunshimomura #yasutoshinishimura #hiroshigeseko

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Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has vowed to impose strict punishments on those responsible for a political funds scandal that has rocked factions inside the LDP. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/23/japan/politics/ldp-toshimitsu-motegi-funds-scandal-punishment/

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With the voluntary testimonies of LDP members failing to provide clarity on the party's political funds scandal, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida now faces pressure to take tougher measures, including having them give sworn statements to parliament. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/20/japan/politics/political-funds-scandal-looms-over-kishida/

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In discussions about the LDP funding scandal, certain considerations are missing. Beyond lambasting the party, these must be addressed for a clearer vision. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/commentary/2024/03/18/japan/ldp-funding-scandal-public-distrust/

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Former Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Hakubun Shimomura drew criticism Monday for dodging questions on the political funds scandal during a Lower House political ethics committee meeting. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/18/japan/politics/shimomura-hearing/

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The ruling Liberal Democratic Party revised internal rules on Sunday to toughen penalties for lawmakers involved in political funds scandals. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/17/japan/politics/ldp-revises-internal-rules/

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Despite the testimony of three members of the faction once led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the circumstances behind the group's decision to continue a kickback scheme after his death in 2022 remain opaque. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2024/03/14/japan/politics/upper-house-ethics-committee/ #japan #politics #ldp #politicalfunds #hiroshigeseko #seikohashimoto #shojinishida #renho #cdp

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