Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshide Suga may be the successor of the country’s outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Yoshide has been Abe’s longtime assistant and is also seen with him at his daily press conference. Yoshide is emerging as an important contender for the post of prime minister before the internal voting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Party members Suga has not been associated with any faction in the party. He is seen as someone who can advance Abe’s policies. These include Japan’s security alliance with the US, dealing with the Corona virus epidemic and strengthening the economy.
When asked about the important policies of the post-Abe government, Suga mentioned that dealing with the corona virus epidemic would be the biggest challenge. Suga is expected to announce his candidature and important policies on Wednesday. However, a day earlier, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba have expressed their intention for the post of Prime Minister.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has resigned from the post a few days ago due to health reasons. The ruling party met on Tuesday and it was decided that on September 14, there will be a vote for the party’s leader and then to elect the Prime Minister.
Although anti-Abe is not popular among Ishiba party MPs regarding his stand, but he has been popular in opinion polls. Soft-spoken Suga has been the longest-serving chief cabinet secretary in Japan. He has been Abe’s policy coordinator and advisor.
He has been the pivot of the centralized powers of the Prime Minister’s Office, which insisted on implementing policies on the naukaras. It is worth mentioning that Suga also faced protests last year due to his spiteful reaction. In fact, a newspaper reporter had asked him tough questions on criticism of Abe’s policies.