Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga resigns


Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on September 3 that he would not run for the LDP re-election in September after a term of office of about one year.

After Shinzo Abe resigned due to poor physical condition in September last year, Mr. Suga took over, citing Japan’s response to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic as the reason for his resignation, and did not have time to concentrate on COVID-19 measures. I told reporters. Similar to the LDP work campaign.

“I want to focus on coronavirus control, so I decided not to run for party leader election,” he said. Told reporters..

“But it takes a lot of energy to do both, so I decided to choose one or the other,” he said. “I have repeatedly spoken to people, but it is my responsibility as prime minister to protect people’s lives and health, and that is what I devote myself to.”

That’s when Suga saw his approval rating drop below 30 percent.

Japan is currently working on the fifth and largest wave of COVID-19 infections caused by the more infectious delta mutants.

Currently, there are more than 1.5 million cases of the virus, but many of Tokyo and the country are in a state of emergency as they expire on September 12.

Prime Minister Suga’s decision not to run for the LDP general election in September means that the party will elect a new leader to become prime minister.

The Liberal Democratic Party has a majority in the Japanese parliament. This means that the leaders of the new government are likely to be elected leaders of the party. The campaign will officially start on September 17th and the elections will take place on September 29th.

The 72-year-old son of a strawberry farmer in northern Akita Prefecture was not a bloody politician but a leader of the common people, so he had a 70% approval rating early in his tenure. Like Abe.

He has introduced a series of practical steps, including digital transformation and administrative reform, but his approval rating has dropped to about 26%, according to the latest media survey.

Currently, there is no clear favorite to replace the retiring leader.

On Thursday, Fumio Kishida, one of the two lawmakers who declared his candidacy so far, criticized Suga’s response to the CCP virus pandemic too little and too late, stimulating him to fight the pandemic. Prompted a plan.

“Crisis management requires more thorough assumptions about the worst-case scenarios, rather than believing that they are well done,” he says. Told a press conference..

“We need to amend the law so that states and local governments have strong authority to curb people’s movements and secure medical resources,” Kishida said.

Kishida also said that as party leader, he aims to bring socio-economic activity back to near normal by early 2022, with stimulus measures “quickly” put together and cash for non-regular workers and others. He said payments need to be included. It is affected by the steps to contain the flow of people.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Catabella Roberts