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Yoshihide Suga wins the game success As the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe was elected last year by a landslide. He is a continuous candidate who vowed to implement Abe’s policies; a capable candidate, known for his powerful performance behind the scenes; and a consensus candidate, who does not ally with any large organized faction in the party.
These qualities are his strengths-but they have also proved to be his weaknesses and help explain why he has ResignThe promise of continuity makes it difficult for him to determine his policy agenda, which is something his successor needs to do to endure; his image of ability is compromised because he is deemed unable to control Covid-19; he was elected by consensus. Eight years after Abe was in power, potential tensions within the Liberal Democratic Party have not been resolved, and the younger generation of the party has been excluded from the top positions. His position is always weaker than it looks.
Immediately after Suga Yoshihide took office Decisive decision It is not about holding a general election-he is likely to win easily-but about to be in power for the final year of this Congress. However, his purpose in governing has never become clear. Kantei officials, like the well-known Prime Minister’s Office, mumbled to himself that Yoshihide Suga was unwilling to appoint representatives. His provocative indifference in public makes him very helpful as a government spokesperson, but he is not suitable for the role of lead singer and national leader.
Yoshihide Suga does have his own policies, such as reducing mobile phone costs and creating an agency Digital government And allow Fertility treatment Included in the National Health Insurance. But they do not constitute a coherent vision of Japan like Abe’s national economic recovery message.One of the major changes made by Yoshihide Suga, and his legacy to the world, is to vowed to achieve Net zero carbon emissions In Japan by 2050.
If the time is good, then the lack of goals may not matter.But this is not the case: Although Japan’s response to Covid is relatively successful according to global standards, the government has Slowly roll out the vaccine, Refused to fund generous vacations and promoted The unpopular Tokyo OlympicsA different leader may have the same struggle-but this is why potential competitors are happy to let Suga hold the top position.
Yoshihide Suga’s failure to last more than a year does not necessarily mean that Japan must return to the turbulent era that brought six different prime ministers between 2006 and 2012. However, to build a strong prime minister, the next leader of the Liberal Democratic Party needs to pass Covid and develop a policy vision that persuades the public to give leaders the ability to tame the party’s internal factions. The general election is approaching, and the Liberal Democratic Party needs a candidate with popular appeal.
The most obvious choice is Kono Taro, A former foreign minister and defense minister, known for his active performance on social media. The other announced candidate is another former foreign minister Fumio Kishida. He is not very popular with the public but is capable of making deals within the Liberal Democratic Party.
More candidates may explore the campaign, if only to leave a mark for the future-but the choice between the vote winner and party officials will reveal whether the Liberal Democratic Party is really ready to advance from Abe and enter a new era governmental.