The BGA Japan team, led by Managing Director Kiyoaki Aburaki, wrote an update to clients on Japan’s Cabinet reshuffle.


  • Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on September 13 reshuffled his Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) for the first time in nearly a year. The new Cabinet has formulated basic policies to “address pressing issues that cannot be postponed.”
  • The latest reshuffle includes several notable personnel changes and has achieved significant milestones. Japan’s Cabinet now includes five female members, a record high, and 11 first-time Cabinet appointees.


  • Potential prime minister candidates Taro Kono, Sanae Takaichi, Yasutoshi Nishimura and Koichi Hagiuda were reappointed to their respective positions as minister of digital transformation; minister of economic security; minister of economy, trade and industry; and chairman of the LDP Policy Research Council. Yoko Kamikawa, a former minister of justice, was appointed Japan’s new foreign minister.
  • The Cabinet reshuffle is a watershed moment for Kishida’s political future. If he cannot reverse the trend of declining support unit the end of the year, Kishida may face a tough battle in the LDP leadership election next year or even face a snap election of the House of Representatives.


  • Businesses have an opportunity to engage the government in its efforts to enhance Japan’s economic and social landscape. Kishida may intensify efforts to combat price hikes, accelerate digital transformation and implement environmental and energy policies to bolster economic security as he champions “new capitalism” and the “Digital Garden City” vision.
  • The Kishida Cabinet has already achieved significant results in areas such as nuclear policy and defense. Informing the public of these initiatives could help Kishida attract more support. Businesses have opportunities to work with the prime minister directly and indirectly.

We will continue to keep you updated on developments in Japan as they occur. If you have any comments or questions, please contact BGA Japan Managing Director Kiyoaki Aburaki at

Best regards,

BGA Japan Team