August 5, Friday, 2022(1:30 p.m.)Newsline

August 5, Friday, 2022(1:30 p.m.)Newsline

1.Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio plans to reshuffle his Cabinet and executives of the governing Liberal Democratic Party as early as next Wednesday. Observers will be closely watching how much Kishida will change his Cabinet lineup.
2.The fatal shooting of Japan’s former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo has stirred media attention. It has put a spotlight on the relationship between a controversial religious group and certain members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Now, a former education minister is being questioned over his role in allowing the notorious former Unification Church to officially change its name.
3.Former Vice Admiral of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force Koda Yoji says China’s ballistic missile launches on Thursday were aimed at showing Beijing’s anger with Washington over US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. But he also points out that Beijing gave some consideration to avoiding provoking the United States too much, noting that the missiles were not the latest models.