Prime Minister Suga Battles on with Vaccinations and the Olympics

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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Despite Serious Challenges, PM Suga Makes Way Toward Lower House Snap Election

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Prime Minister Suga had a summit meeting with President Biden on April 16, the first foreign leader to visit the president at the White House. This summit not only presented a symbolic confirmation of the U.S.-Japan alliance to the world, but it also included a

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The Biden Administration’s Indo-Pacific Policy: American and Japanese Perspectives

On April 13, Sasakawa USA was pleased to welcome the Hon. Masashi Adachi, Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Suga, the Hon. Randall G. Schriver, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs, and Amb. Kurt Tong, a Partner at The Asia Group, for a discussion of how the Biden administration will approach the Indo-Pacific region.

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A Renewed Sense of Leadership for Prime Minister Suga

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga seems to have regained some political support from Japanese citizens. In two major polls by Kyodo and Asahi, the cabinet approval rates have recovered to the 40% range. Furthermore, the approval rates have now surpassed the disapproval rates. For example, in

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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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