Cabinet of Japan

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The prime minister's Official Residence is where the Cabinet is located
Cabinet of Japan
Native name
Founded22 December 1885
Key people
Fumio Kishida (Prime Minister)
Naruhito (Emperor)
OwnerGovernment of Japan

The Cabinet of Japan (Japanese: 内閣, Hepburn: Naikaku) is the chief executive body of the government of Japan. It consists of the prime minister, who is appointed by the emperor after being designated by the National Diet, and up to nineteen other members, called Ministers of State. The prime minister is designated by the Diet, and the remaining ministers are appointed and dismissed by the prime minister. The Cabinet is collectively responsible to the Diet and must resign if a motion of no confidence is adopted by the Diet.


Under the constitution, Cabinet ministers are appointed after the selection of the prime minister. A majority of the Cabinet, including the prime minister, must be members of the Diet, and all members must be civilians. Under the Cabinet Law, the number of Cabinet Ministers (excluding the prime minister) must be fourteen or less, but this may be increased to nineteen if a special need arises. If the Cabinet collectively resigns, it continues to exercise its functions until the appointment of a new prime minister. While they are in office, legal action may not be taken against Cabinet ministers without the consent of the prime minister. The Cabinet must resign en masse in the following circumstances:

  • When a motion of no confidence is adopted, or a vote of confidence defeated, by the House of Representatives, unless there is a dissolution of the house within ten days.
  • Upon the first convocation of the Diet after a general election to the House of Representatives (even if the same prime minister is to be re-elected and appointed, and every other minister is to be reappointed).
  • When the position of prime minister becomes vacant, or the prime minister declares his intention to resign.


The Cabinet exercises two kinds of power. Some of its powers are nominally exercised by the emperor with the binding "advice and approval" of the Cabinet. Other powers are explicitly vested in the Cabinet. Contrary to the practice in many constitutional monarchies, the emperor is not even the nominal chief executive. Instead, the Constitution explicitly vests executive authority in the Cabinet. Hence, nearly all of the day-to-day work of governing is done by the Cabinet.

In practice, much of the Cabinet's authority is exercised by the prime minister. Under the Constitution, the prime minister exercises "control and supervision" over the executive branch, and no law or Cabinet order can take effect without the prime minister's countersignature (and the emperor's promulgation). While Cabinet Ministers in most other parliamentary democracies theoretically have some freedom of action (within the limits of cabinet collective responsibility), the Japanese Cabinet is effectively an extension of the prime minister's authority.

According to Article 75 of the Constitution, Ministers of State are not subject to legal action without the consent of the prime minister during their tenure of office.

The Paulownia Seal is routinely considered to be the symbol of the Japanese prime minister, cabinet, and government at large.
The official seal of the Japanese cabinet

Powers exercised via the emperor[edit]

  • Promulgation of amendments to the laws, cabinet orders and treaties.
  • Convocation of the Diet.
  • Dissolution of the House of Representatives.
  • Proclamation of general elections to the Diet.
  • Receiving of foreign ambassadors and ministers.
  • Conferring of honours.

Explicit powers[edit]

  • Execution of the law.
  • Conduct of foreign affairs.
  • Conclusion of treaties (with the consent of the Diet).
  • Administration of the civil service.
  • Drafting of the budget (which must be adopted by the Diet).
  • Adoption of cabinet orders.
  • Granting of general amnesty, special amnesty, commutation of punishment, reprieve, and restoration of rights.
  • Signing of laws or cabinet orders by the relevant Minister of State and countersigned by the prime minister.
  • Appointment of the associate justices of the Supreme Court of Japan (except for the chief justice, who is designated by the prime minister and formally appointed by the emperor).
  • Appointment of vice-ministers (who are nominated by their respective minister to whom they will report).

List of cabinets of Japan[edit]

Under edicts (1885-1947)[edit]

Cabinets between 1885 and 1947 were formed under the cabinet edicts of 1885 and 1889. Cabinets were individually responsible to the emperor, and prime ministers were appointed.

Oligarchic "transcendent" (non-/anti-partisan) cabinets
Interwar period / "Taishō democracy" party cabinets
Wartime "national unity" cabinets
Under Allied occupation

Under constitution (1947-present)[edit]

Cabinets since 1947 were formed under the Constitution of Japan. Cabinets were collectively responsible to the National Diet, and prime ministers were elected.

Occupation period, multi-party system
LDP dominance
"Lost decades" coalition cabinets

Current cabinet[edit]

The current cabinet was formed on 4 October 2021 (reorganized on 10 November 2021), and is headed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Liberal Democratic
R Member of the House of Representatives
C Member of the House of Councillors

Citation of this table: List of Kishida Cabinet Members[1]

Second Kishida Cabinet (10 November 2021 - present)
Portfolio Image Minister Constituency Note
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida 20211004.jpg Fumio Kishida R Hiroshima 1st
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Yasushi Kaneko 20211004.jpg Yasushi Kaneko R Kumamoto 4th
Minister of Justice Yoshihisa Furukawa 20211004.jpg Yoshihisa Furukawa R Miyazaki 3rd
Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi 20211110.jpg Yoshimasa Hayashi R Yamaguchi 3rd [2]
Minister of Finance
Minister of State for Financial Services
Minister in charge of Overcoming Deflation
Shunichi Suzuki 20211004.jpg Shun'ichi Suzuki R Iwate 2nd
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Minister in charge of Education Rebuilding
Shinsuke Suematsu 20211004.jpg Shinsuke Suematsu C Hyogo at-large
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 20211004kaneko genjiro.jpg Genjirō Kaneko C Nagasaki at-large
Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare 20211004goto shigeyuki.jpg Shigeyuki Goto R Nagano 4th
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Minister in charge of Industrial Competitiveness
Minister for Economic Cooperation with Russia
Minister in charge of the Response to the Economic Impact caused by the Nuclear Accident
Minister of State for the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation
Koichi Hagiuda 20211004.jpg Koichi Hagiuda R Tokyo 24th
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Minister in charge of Water Cycle Policy
Tetsuo Saito 20211004.jpg Tetsuo Saito R Hiroshima 3rd
Minister of the Environment
Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness
Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi 20211004.jpg Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi R Hyogo 12th
Minister of Defense Nobuo Kishi 20211004.jpg Nobuo Kishi R Yamaguchi 2nd
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Minister in charge of Mitigating the Impact of U.S. Forces in Okinawa
Minister in charge of the Abductions Issue
Minister in charge of Promoting Vaccinations
20211110matsuno hirokazu.jpg Hirokazu Matsuno R Chiba 3rd
Minister for Digital Transformation
Minister in charge of Administrative Reform
Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
Karen Makishima 20211008.png Karen Makishima R Kanagawa 17th
Minister of Reconstruction
Minister in charge of Comprehensive Policy Coordination for Revival from the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
Kosaburō Nishime 20211004.jpg Kosaburo Nishime R Okinawa 4th
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
Minister in charge of Building National Resilience
Minister in charge of Territorial Issues
Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform
Minister of State for Disaster Management and Ocean Policy
Satoshi Ninoyu.2021.jpg Satoshi Ninoyu C Kyoto at-large
Minister of State for Regional Revitalization
Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate
Minister of State for Gender Equality
Minister in charge of Women's Empowerment
Minister in charge of Policies Related to Children
Minister in charge of Measures for Loneliness and Isolation
Noda Seiko (cropped).jpg Seiko Noda R Gifu 1st
Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization
Minister in charge of New Capitalism
Minister in charge of Measures for Novel Coronavirus Disease and Health Crisis Management
Minister in charge of Social Security Reform
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
211005yamagiwa.png Daishiro Yamagiwa R Kanagawa 18th
Minister in charge of Economic Security
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy
Minister of State for Space Policy
Takayuki Kobayashi 2017.jpg Takayuki Kobayashi R Chiba 2nd
Minister for the World Expo 2025
Minister in charge of Digital Garden City Nation Vision
Minister in charge of Cohesive Society
Minister in charge of Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety
Minister of State for "Cool Japan" Strategy
Minister of State for the Intellectual Property Strategy
Kenji Wakamiya 2021.jpg Kenji Wakamiya R Tokyo PR block

See also[edit]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "List of Ministers". The Cabinet of Japan Prime Minister. Cabinet Public Affairs Office, Cabinet Secretariat. 2021-11-10. Archived from the original on 2021-11-11. Retrieved 2021-11-11.
  2. ^ "PM Kishida to appoint Hayashi as foreign minister | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News". NHK WORLD. Retrieved 2021-11-06.