Will Suga Survive

Author: Dr. Gerald Curtis

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Dr. Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Columbia University When Prime Minister Abe resigned suddenly last September, the LDP chose his chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga to serve out the one year remaining in Abe’s last three-year term as LDP party president. The LDP is just weeks away from the September 29

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From the Strawberry Fields of Akita to Prime Minister of Japan: Getting to Know Prime Minister Suga

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

  On September 16, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s first new leader in nearly eight years. He served as former Prime Minister Abe’s Chief Cabinet Secretary throughout the Abe administration. During his tenure, Mr. Suga held two press briefings a day as the government`s primary spokesperson. He became quite a popular politician, becoming known

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Abe looks strong heading into the upper house campaign as opposition struggles to gain traction

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

While earlier polls in June in Japan suggested that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cabinet’s and LDP’s support could be sinking after a long run of strong approval ratings due to the government’s muddled response to a Financial Services Agency (FSA) advisory council report that suggested that a Japanese couple that lived until 95 could face a shortfall of roughly ¥20 million (around $185,000) for retirement, the last polls ahead of the official start of the campaign on July 4 suggest that the ruling LDP-Komeito coalition could be positioned for a strong performance on July 21.

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Cabinet reshuffle brings no boost to Abe but public support is stable as he starts third term

Author: Tobias Harris

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh off his successful bid for a third term as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the September 20, 2018, party election, announced a new lineup for his cabinet and for the LDP’s leadership on October 2, 2018. Three polls conducted October 2-3, after the reshuffle, found that the public’s reaction to the new cabinet was lukewarm at best.

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Post-LDP Leadership Election: What’s Next for Japanese Politics?

Tobias Harris, Sasakawa USA Fellow for Business, Economy and Trade, was joined by Prof. Toshihiro Nakayama, Japan Fellow at the Wilson Center, for a September 21, 2018, policy lunch talk on the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) presidential elections held the previous day. The discussion was moderated by Sayuri Romei, Sasakawa USA’s Associate Fellow for Security and Foreign Affairs.

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