Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida now has the challenge of delivering on his promise of ‘new capitalism’.
In a surprise result, Kishida defeated the popular Taro Kono in the party leadership contest, making him the country’s third prime minister in just over a year.
The Quad wants to show that liberal democracies can deliver solutions to the greatest challenges of our time — a way of countering China’s ambitions in the region.
Despite the sluggish vaccine rollout, Suga’s party, the LDP, is still favoured to retain power in this year’s general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain PM.
The Japanese prime minister has announced he will not seek re-election as party leader ahead of a general election later this year.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is sinking in the polls under intense criticism over his handling of the Tokyo Games. And yet, he may still get over the line in national elections this year.
The majority of Japanese people are opposed to the games going ahead, but there’s more to the decision to hold the Olympics than public opinion.
How Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government handles the games may just determine its fate in elections this year.
Cancelling the Tokyo games would be yet another blemish for the new government and could doom its chances in the next election later this year.
In a region and world in flux, Japan and Australia have taken another step towards a formal military alliance.
The new Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga’s rejection of six scientists nominated for an advisory panel has raised concerns over academic freedom.
Suga has a strict work ethic, rising at 5am each day. He will need to work hard to hang on to the prime ministership at a bumpy time for Japan.