CHRONOLOGY

2012

Abe returns as PM and launches a flurry of diplomatic activity as Kishi Objective Three 'Our own diplomacy'

2010

DPJ prove incompetent in government with three short term PMs voted out of office in General Election 2012

2009

Three short term LDP PMs and a string of problems leads to General Election 2009 with a landslide to the DPJ

2007

Pension Records Scandal hits Cabinet support ratings and PM Abe incapacitated by ulcerative colitis resigns

1998

Hashimoto Reform of central government PM empowerment plus ministries rationalisation effective as of 2001

1973

First Oil Crisis Manchuria II Plan ends PM Tanaka's 'Remodelling Japan' infrastructure construction burden

 

GLOSSARY

PM

Prime Minister

the PM voted by the Lower House nominates a cabinet cf giin naikakusei

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