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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The Alliance Working in Washington: Impacts of the U.S.-Japan Relationship

On December 1, 2020, as part of The Alliance Working in America Series, Sasakawa USA held a virtual webinar in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Seattle and World Affairs Councils of America (WACA), featuring Dr. Michael Green, Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Dr. Mireya Solís, Director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings; and Dr. Saori Katada, professor of political science and international relations, University of Southern California.

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All Eyes on Suga’s Foreign-Policy Agenda

Author: Satohiro Akimoto

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Satohiro Akimoto, Chairman and President of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA WASHINGTON – It’s been a month and a half since Shinzo Abe’s abrupt resignation, and Washington’s attention quickly shifted to successor Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga — virtually an unknown politician among the international community despite the fact that he had played a powerful role throughout the

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The Suga Administration: Balancing Continuity and Reform

On October 26, 2020, Sasakawa USA welcomed Dr. Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, for a virtual roundtable. Dr. Curtis discussed recent political developments in Japan with a focus on Prime Minister Suga and his new administration. In addition to reviewing Prime Minister Suga’s first month in office, Dr. Curtis assessed what major challenges await the Suga administration and shared his insights on the future of U.S.-Japan relations.

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