Shinzo Abe Timeline / Not Yet Eaten

Starting this week, every Sunday I will be featuring statistics and data from the media and other blogs. They are listed under ‘Not Yet Eaten’. If you know any you want featured, send me an email.

Via the New York Times:

Sept. 20, 2006

Shinzo Abe secures the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidency, assuring that he will become Japan’s first prime minister born after World War II.

Dec. 13, 2006

A government report concludes that two-thirds of the town meetings organized by the Japanese government since 2001 were Soviet-style performances with people paid to ask planted questions.

Dec. 15, 2006

Despite a motion of no confidence against Mr. Abe, the upper house of Parliament approves a law to upgrade the status of its Defense Agency.

Dec. 27, 2006

An aide close to Mr. Abe, Genichiro Sata, the administrative reform minister, resigns after admitting that his political group in Tokyo had cheated the government of at least $657,000.

March 1, 2007

Mr. Abe denies that Japan’s military had forced foreign women into sexual slavery during World War II, contradicting the Japanese government’s longtime official position.

June 4, 2007

Support for the prime minister drops to its lowest since he took office in September, hovering at 30 percent in a poll by the national daily Asahi Shimbun.

June 21, 2007

Mr. Abe delays the critical upper house election by a week, by extending Parliament’s session by 12 days, in what is seen as a desperate move to regain popular support.

July 3, 2007

Mr. Abe’s defense minister, Fumio Kyuma, resigns after making comments apparently justifying the United States’ use of atomic bombs against Japan during World War II.

July 29, 2007

Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party suffers a crushing defeat in the election for the upper house of Parliament, and the main opposition Democratic Party seizes control of the upper house by a landslide.

Aug. 27, 2007

Mr. Abe seeks to raise sinking approval ratings and ward off calls for his resignation by forming a new cabinet made up of political veterans to replace a scandal-prone group.

Sept. 3, 2007

Mr. Abe’s new agriculture minister is forced to resign over disclosures that he had misused farm subsidies. In addition, a high-level appointee to the Foreign Ministry is also forced to step down after admitting that her office had fabricated expense reports.

Sept. 12, 2007

Mr. Abe announces he will resign.


1 comment so far

  1. likavalentino on

    Same as I stated on “Syria.” PM Shinzo Abe is my primary full course of interest, the PM as you know decided to “leave the Japanese cabinet, but in all sense of reality “it is being now debated – here is a bit of information from a Diplomat.”

    The reconsidering of the aspect of leaving the Prime Minister Seat there were Diplomats who opposed his leave, resignation, be advised – the reason for the tag of time in his leave from Cabinit.”

    I was one of them! Nice to meet you!

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