|Shigeru Ishiba, Fumio Kishida, and Yoshihide Suga (nippon.com)|
As Shinzo Abe suddenly resigned from the position of prime minister on August 28th due to health issues, three candidates came out to become the next prime minister. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former foreign minister Fumio Kishida, and former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba were the three candidates who competed for the next leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and they suggested three different policies. Yoshihide Suga announced that he would follow Abe’s foreign policies and continue to develop Abenomics, the economic policy of the Abe administration. Fumio Kishida stated the slogan, “from division to unity,” and indicated that he would take a swipe at Abenomics, announcing that policies have been polarized. Shigeru Ishiba clearly expressed the political messages that he would be different from the Abe administration, which did not listen to public opinion and would fully explain suspicions about the government. Japan’s ruling LDP held a leadership vote on September 14th to find a successor amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and Yoshihide Suga has been elected Japan’s new prime minister on September 16th. The tension between Korea and Japan is another noticeable issue that might have a difference.
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