Prime Minister Suga Faces COVID-19 Crisis and Declining Public Support

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA “Prime Minister Suga is increasingly facing a tough political situation.”[1] A senior LDP politician recently described to me the rapidly changing political circumstances for Prime Minister Suga. It was just three months ago that Prime Minister Suga won the party leadership by outmaneuvering his younger

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Advancing Diversity and Inclusion During COVID-19

On October 1, 2020, Sasakawa USA was pleased to host Minister Yoko Kamikawa, recently selected to serve as the Minister of Justice for the new cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. In this virtual roundtable, Min. Kamikawa discussed the impact of COVID-19 on women in Japan, women’s leadership in business and politics in Japan, and how Japan can increase diversity in political leadership during COVID-19.

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Challenges posed by COVID-19: Japan, the U.S., and International Coordination

On July 30, 2020, Sasakawa USA hosted a virtual roundtable with Prof. Keizo Takemi, Member, House of Councillors the National Diet of Japan, who is a leading expert of public health in the Liberal Democratic Party. Prof. Takemi discussed his views on challenges posed by COVID-19, Japan’s experience in dealing with the crisis, and the importance of international cooperation, particularly from the viewpoint of the U.S.-Japan relationship. Prof. Michael Reich, Taro Takemi Research Professor of International Health Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, then provided commentary on Prof. Takemi’s analysis.

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Abe’s Golden Week Battle with COVID-19

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

While New York has become the world’s epicenter of COVID-19 infections, Japan has been remarkably successful in preventing COVID-19 from rapidly spreading. As of April 22nd, Japan has 11,512 confirmed cases of COVID-19 according to Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center, whereas New York has 257,246 confirmed cases according to a New York Times database. As a matter of fact, Prime Minister Abe’s biggest battle against COVID-19 may have just begun as the situation suddenly began to change in early April.

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Will Abe be able to keep Japan a COVID-19 outlier?

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Japan has been somewhat of a mystery in terms of keeping COVID-19 in check and preventing the virus from shutting down the country. But the real public health and political battle for Abe, combatting the virus while maintaining individual rights and economic activity as much as possible, may have only just begun.

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