Fumio Kishida will be the new Prime Minister of Japan after Yoshihide Suga steps down. But why

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In the race for leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Fumio Kishida has emerged as the winner defeating Kono Taro and is sure to be confirmed as PM since the party has a majority in both houses of the legislature.

New Delhi: After Yoshihide Suga announced that he would not run for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Fumio Kishida emerged as the winner of the election, defeating Kono Taro.

Since the party has a majority in both houses of the legislature, Kishida is for all practical purposes the next prime minister, to be announced next week.

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“Kishida Fumio has been elected leader of Japan’s main ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He is assured of becoming prime minister next week,” NHK World reported. Kishida has served as Japanese foreign minister.

Why did Sugar step down?

Just a year after Shinzo Abe stepped down for health reasons, outgoing PM Suga has seen a sharp drop in approval ratings. This is for several reasons:

1. Suga’s approval rating has dropped to an all-time low due to the raging COVID19 wave in the country. The country has seen over 1.5 million COVID19 cases so far.

2. Despite so many cases, the COVID19 vaccination roll out has been exceptionally slow.

3. Another decision that really bothered people was to host the Olympic Games this year despite the pandemic.

Suga announced that he wanted to focus his efforts on anti-coronavirus measures and would not run in the leadership election, according to AFP.

Japanese stocks rose sharply, with the broader Topix stock index closing up 1.6% after hitting its highest level in three decades.

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Who is Yoshihide Suga?

1. 72-year-old, born in a family of strawberry farmers.

2. He was first elected to the Yokohama City Council in 1987.

3. In 1996, he was first selected for the Diet of Japan.

4. In 2005, then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi appointed him as Senior Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.

5. In 2006, Koizumi’s successor Shinzo Abe promoted Suga to minister with three cabinet positions.

First published:September 29, 2021, 2:24 pm

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