Prime Minister Suga’s Hot Summer Continues

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Election held on July 4 delivered a devastating shock to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). While the party did increase their number of seats from 25 to 33 at the assembly, regaining the position of the

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Prime Minister Suga Battles on with Vaccinations and the Olympics

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Prime Minister Suga is facing a tough headwind. Approval for his cabinet among Japanese citizens in May has significantly declined across all major polls as compared with April (see table 1). Some declines are very steep. In the latest FNN poll, approval plummeted 9.3 percentage

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First 100 Days of the 117th Congress: Policy Priorities

On February 17, 2021, Sasakawa USA, in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC), welcomed The Hon. Susan Brooks (R-IN, 2013-2021), The Hon. Gil Cisneros (D-CA, 2019-2021), The Hon. Ryan Costello (R-PA, 2015-2019), and the Hon. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT, 2013-2019) to discuss current issues facing Congress including COVID-19 relief legislation, divisiveness in the U.S., climate change, and national security. Mr. Peter Weichlein, CEO of FMC, provided opening remarks and moderated the event.

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Prime Minister Suga, Muddling Through

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Prime Minister Suga’s best-case political scenario is that he will successfully suppress expansion of COVID-19, while at the same time revitalizing economic activities as quickly as possible. Additionally, he will hold the Tokyo Olympics with both Japanese and foreign spectators in attendance, as planned. Finally,

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

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

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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