Mr. Yoshihide Suga opens his way to becoming Prime Minister of Japan

Japan’s future prime minister will uphold Abe-era policies

In a narrow-scale urgent vote, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan voted in majority favor for Mr. Yoshihide Suga to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Mr. Yoshihide Suga affirmed that he would continue to implement the policies of the Abe period.  Photo: AFP
Mr. Yoshihide Suga affirmed that he would continue to implement the policies of the Shinzo Abe period. Photo: AFP

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan on September 14 voted high with Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary as the successor candidate to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mr. Suga, 71 years old, is expected to help Japan overcome the current economic and strategic challenges.

Two weeks after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he would resign for health reasons, Suga was elected to lead the Liberal Democratic Party with overwhelming votes at a meeting between members of the National Assembly and deputies. party in a luxury hotel in central Tokyo.

The fact that the Liberal Democratic Party is taking control of the National Assembly as a “token” ensures that Mr. Suga will be elected Prime Minister of Japan at a special session of the National Assembly in this week.

“Due to health reasons, Prime Minister Abe had to resign halfway. However, we cannot leave a political void as the country is facing the widespread Covid-19 crisis,” said Suga. emphasis in his short speech after announcing the results of the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party.

“I see it as my duty to continue to strengthen the framework that Prime Minister Abe implements so that we can overcome this crisis,” added Sugar.

Mr. Suga became the most trusted person to succeed Abe shortly after the announcement of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation. Mr. Suga’s “seat” for the prime minister is more open than ever when his biggest rival, Mr. Taro Aso, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister and former Prime Minister, did not stand for election.

According to the New York Times, Aso is a sharp political tycoon and controls one of the major factions in the Liberal Democratic Party. Mr. Aso’s decision to give way to Mr. Suga has raised suspicions that the move was part of the trade deals to give him some influence in the selection of the new Cabinet.

Suga’s leadership was further strengthened when the Liberal Democratic Party secretary, Toshihiro Nikai, said he would use an emergency provision in the party charter to remove non-members from the party. New leader vote. The application of this regulation has narrowed down the list of delegates participating in the election of leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party, leaving National Assembly members and 3 representatives from each province; at the same time removing Mr. Shigeru Ishiba, a challenging candidate for Mr. Suga.

Former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba was the man with the highest level of credibility among the candidates for prime minister claims. However, some members of the Liberal Democratic Party have not expressed support for Ishiba because of his criticisms of Prime Minister Abe’s policies. Abe previously defeated Ishiba in the 2012 election for the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

According to Shigenobu Tamura, a former Liberal Democratic Party member and political analyst, Suga himself did not meet secretly with any particular faction, but his candidacy for prime minister’s “seat” is entitled. benefits when many members of the Liberal Democratic Party are hostile towards Ishiba and the other candidates have very low votes. However, this does not mean that Mr. Suga is free to do what he wants. “Everyone supports him, so he will have to consider how to pay them back,” said Tamura.

Speaking to the press after being elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Mr. Suga dismissed speculation that his victory was the result of the agreement process. Instead, Mr. Suga argued that humble qualities and long experience in government were the causes of victory.

Mr. Suga served as Chief Cabinet Secretary under Mr. Abe for nearly eight years, a position that combines the power of the Chief of the Secretariat with influence of the public as Japan’s top spokesperson. Behind the scenes, Suga is a key figure in the creation and implementation of the Abe government’s national policy.

As the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Suga will have to enter the urgency in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic devastating the Japanese economy, “blowing away” the growth results under Mr. Abe. Besides, Japan is also facing increasing pressure from China and North Korea.

Atsuo Ito, an independent political analyst, said that in this short term, Mr. Suga will probably work hard to solve Japan’s economic problems. So, it remains unclear how Suga will pursue his predecessor’s security policies, such as promoting Japan’s amicable constitution.

The selection of Mr. Suga as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party is expected to alleviate concerns among the Japanese public about the prolonged political stability of the Abe era’s possible collapse. Before Mr. Abe was elected in 2012, Japan had been through six prime ministers in six years.

Mr. Suga asserted that he would continue to implement Mr. Abe’s policies with little change. This means that, economically, Japan will maintain an easing monetary policy, stimulate fiscal year and overhaul Japan’s hardened administrative system and corporations.

Japanese public opinion earlier harshly criticized Prime Minister Abe’s application of tough measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic; At the same time, he said that the government of this country should relax its anti-epidemic measures when the number of infections is still relatively low.

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