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Abe begins work on 4th Cabinet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe <1> began work on his <2> fourth Cabinet on Oct. 23 following the Liberal Democratic Party’s <3> landslide victory in <4>the House of Representatives election the previous day.

In the Oct. 22 election, the LDP and its coalition partner Komeito secured 310 seats, or a two-thirds majority of the <5> 465-seat lower house, the level necessary for <6> initiating constitutional amendment.

A special Diet session to elect a prime minister is scheduled to convene on Nov. 1. Abe will inaugurate his fourth Cabinet that day and plans to reappoint all <7> incumbent ministers to their posts.

During an LDP extraordinary executive meeting at noon on Oct. 23, Abe indicated that he will lead the government with a sense of seriousness. “Our party’s unity brought about this result,” Abe said, commenting on the LDP’s <8> resounding victory. “Let’s run [the government] in a sincere manner by humbly taking it [the election outcome] to heart.”

On Oct. 23 morning, the LDP and Komeito secretaries general and Diet affairs chiefs met and confirmed that the two parties will work with <9>opposition parties to convene the special Diet session on Nov. 1. Bearing in mind the Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Educational Institution scandals, the officials agreed that their parties should humbly manage Diet affairs.

Abe plans to retain all ministers from his third Cabinet as he recently <10> reshuffled the Cabinet in August and has placed importance on continuity in his administration.

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