* Date : 2021-09-08
As Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his plan to resign by not running in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election, the attention is gathered on who will replace him as the next Prime Minister. Suga’s resignation was triggered by the plummeting approval ratings, which dropped under 30% over his mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the explosive spread of the infections during the Tokyo Olympics, which was forcefully held despite major oppositions from the public. As Suga is slated to step down a year after taking office, we will bring in experts this week to touch upon the political stances of the four major candidates, including Fumio Kishida, Taro Kono, Shigeru Ishiba, and Sanae Taikichi. Furthermoer, we will discuss the outcome of the ruling party leadership election.
- Lee Hee-eun