Second Abe Cabinet

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Second Abe Cabinet
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96th cabinet of Japan
Abe Government 20121226 1.jpg
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe (front row, centre) with his new cabinet inside the Kantei, December 26, 2012
Date formedDecember 26, 2012
Date dissolvedDecember 24, 2014
People and organisations
Head of stateEmperor Akihito
Head of governmentShinzō Abe
Deputy head of governmentTarō Asō
Member partyLiberal DemocraticNew Komeito Coalition
Status in legislatureDivided Diet (Until 2013)
HoR: Coalition Supermajority
HoC: Coalition Minority (Before 2013), Majority (After 2013)
Opposition partyDemocratic Party of Japan
Opposition leaderBanri Kaieda
History
Election(s)2012 general election
2013 councillors election
PredecessorNoda Cabinet
SuccessorThird Abe Cabinet

The Second Abe Cabinet governed Japan under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzō Abe from December 2012 to December 2014. Following the return to power of the LDP in the 2012 general election, Abe, as party president, was elected Prime Minister by the National Diet on December 26, 2012, and presented his cabinet for swearing in by the Emperor later that day. Abe formed a coalition with the New Komeito Party, which has partnered with the LDP since the late 1990s, appointing former leader Akihiro Ota as Minister of Land. Together the two parties controlled a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives, allowing the new government in most matters to override the veto of the upper house which was controlled by the opposition parties until July 2013.[1][2]

This cabinet was the most stable in post-war Japanese history, with no ministerial changes for 617 days until Abe conducted a reshuffle on September 3, 2014. The core ministers for Finance, Foreign Affairs, Economic Revival, Education, Land and the Chief Cabinet Secretary were all kept in post. In addition, Abe promoted 3 women to cabinet, matching the Koizumi cabinet's record of 5 women ministers.[3]

Following the 2014 general election the Second Abe cabinet was dissolved on December 24, 2014, and replaced with the Third Abe cabinet.

Election of the Prime Minister[edit]

26 December 2012
House of Representatives
Choice Vote
Parties Votes
☑YShinzō Abe LDP (294), NKP (31), Independents (3)
328 / 480
Banri Kaieda DPJ (57)
57 / 480
Shintaro Ishihara JRP (54)
54 / 480
Yoshimi Watanabe YP (18)
18 / 480
Kazuo Shii Communist (8)
8 / 480
Yuko Mori PLP (7)
7 / 480
Mizuho Fukushima SDP (2)
2 / 480
Shozaburo Jimi PNP (1)
1 / 480
Abstentions Independents (2)
2 / 480
Source: 182nd Diet, December 26 House of Representatives plenary session
182nd Diet, 26 December 2012 House of Councillors plenary session
Designation of a prime minister[4][5]
Candidate First round Runoff
☑Y Shinzō Abe 107 107
Banri Kaieda 87 96
Yoshimi Watanabe 11
Yūko Mori 8
Kazuo Shii 6
Mizuho Fukushima 5
Shōzaburō Jimi 3
Shintarō Ishihara 3
Shizuka Kamei 1
Invalid votes 0 1
Blank ballots 3 30
Total votes cast 234
(→majority at 118)
234

Lists of Ministers[edit]

  Liberal Democratic
  New Komeito
R = Member of the House of Representatives
C = Member of the House of Councillors

Cabinet[edit]

Second Abe Cabinet from December 26, 2012 to September 3, 2014
Portfolio Minister Term
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe R December 26, 2012 – Present
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
Minister of State for Financial Services
Minister in charge of Overcoming Deflation and Countering Yen Appreciation
Tarō Asō R December 26, 2012 – Present
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications
Minister of State for Decentralization Reform
Minister in charge of Regional Revitalization
Minister in charge of Regional Government
Yoshitaka Shindō R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of Justice Sadakazu Tanigaki R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida R December 26, 2012 – August 3, 2017
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Minister in charge of Education Rebuilding
Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
Hakubun Shimomura R December 26, 2012 – October 7, 2015
Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare Norihisa Tamura R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi C December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Minister of State for the Nuclear Damage Compensation Facilitation Corporation
Minister in charge of the Response to the Economic Impact caused by the Nuclear Accident
Minister in charge of Industrial Competitiveness
Toshimitsu Motegi R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ota R December 26, 2012 – October 7, 2015
Minister of the Environment
Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness
Nobuteru Ishihara R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Minister in charge of Strengthening National Security
Yoshihide Suga R December 26, 2012 – Present
Minister of Reconstruction
Minister in charge of Comprehensive Policy Coordination for Revival from the Nuclear
Accident at Fukushima
Takumi Nemoto R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue
Minister in charge of Building National Resilience
Minister of State for Disaster Management
Keiji Furuya R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy
Minister of State for Space Policy
Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy
Minister in charge of Ocean Policy and Territorial Issues
Ichita Yamamoto C December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister in charge of Support for Women's Empowerment and Child-Rearing
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety
Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate
Minister of State for Gender Equality
Masako Mori C December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014
Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization
Minister in charge of Total Reform of Social Security and Tax
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
Akira Amari R December 26, 2012 – January 28, 2016
Minister in charge of Administrative Reform
Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform
Minister in charge of "Cool Japan" Strategy
Minister in charge of "Challenge Again" Initiative
Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
Tomomi Inada R December 26, 2012 – September 3, 2014

Reshuffled Cabinet[edit]

PM Abe with his reshuffled cabinet inside the Kantei, September 3, 2014.
Second Abe Cabinet from September 3, 2014 to December 24, 2014
Portfolio Minister Term
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe R December 26, 2012 – Present
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Finance
Minister of State for Financial Services
Minister in charge of Overcoming Deflation
Tarō Asō R December 26, 2012 – Present
Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi R September 3, 2014 – August 3, 2017
Minister of Justice Midori Matsushima R September 3, 2014 – October 20, 2014
Yōko Kamikawa R October 20, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida R December 26, 2012 – August 3, 2017
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Minister in charge of Education Rebuilding
Minister in charge of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games
Hakubun Shimomura R December 26, 2012 – October 7, 2015
Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare Yasuhisa Shiozaki R September 3, 2014 – August 3, 2017
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Koya Nishikawa R September 3, 2014 – February 23, 2015
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Minister in charge of Industrial Competitiveness
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
Yūko Obuchi R September 3, 2014 – October 20, 2014
Yoichi Miyazawa C October 20, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Minister in charge of Water Cycle Policy
Akihiro Ota R December 26, 2012 – October 7, 2015
Minister of the Environment
Minister of State for Nuclear Emergency Preparedness
Yoshio Mochizuki R September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Minister of Defence
Minister in charge of Security Legislation
Akinori Eto R September 3, 2014 – December 24, 2014
Chief Cabinet Secretary
Minister in charge of Alleviating the Burden of the Bases in Okinawa
Yoshihide Suga R December 26, 2012 – Present
Minister of Reconstruction
Minister in charge of Comprehensive Policy Coordination for Revival from the Nuclear
Accident at Fukushima
Wataru Takeshita R September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Chairman of the National Public Safety Commission
Minister in charge of the Abduction Issue
Minister in charge of Ocean Policy and Territorial Issues
Minister in charge of Building National Resilience
Minister of State for Disaster Management
Eriko Yamatani C September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs
Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy
Minister of State for Space Policy
Minister in charge of Information Technology Policy
Minister in charge of "Challenge Again" Initiative
Minister in charge of "Cool Japan" Strategy
Shunichi Yamaguchi R September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Minister in charge of Support for Women's Empowerment
Minister in charge of Administrative Reform
Minister in charge of Civil Service Reform
Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Food Safety
Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
Minister of State for Measures for Declining Birthrate
Minister of State for Gender Equality
Haruko Arimura C September 3, 2014 – October 7, 2015
Minister in charge of Economic Revitalization
Minister in charge of Total Reform of Social Security and Tax
Minister of State for Economic and Fiscal Policy
Akira Amari R December 26, 2012 – January 28, 2016
Minister in charge of Overcoming Population Decline and Vitalizing Local Economy in Japan
Minister of State for the National Strategic Special Zones
Shigeru Ishiba R September 3, 2014 – August 3, 2016

Changes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Times, "Ex-Premier Is Chosen to Govern Japan Again," 26 December 2012
  2. ^ "BBC News - Japan's Shinzo Abe unveils cabinet after voted in as PM". BBC News. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Abe keeps core intact in Cabinet shake-up". Japan Times. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  4. ^ Reuters, December 26, 2012: 安倍自民総裁を新首相に選出、26日中に新内閣発足へ 首相再登板は64年ぶり
  5. ^ House of Councillors, Plenary session voting results by Diet (from 142nd onwards), 182nd Diet: PM designation first round result, runoff result
  6. ^ "Abe Cabinet Rocked by Double Resignation". Nippon.com. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2016.

External links[edit]

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