Heavyweights Jostle to Lead LDP into a Suga-Free Diet Election

Author: Dr. Daniel M. Smith

Categories: Japan Political Pulse

Dr. Daniel M. Smith, Gerald L. Curtis Visiting Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Columbia University In the previous post of Japan Political Pulse, Gerry Curtis asked whether Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga would survive, or “become yet another name on a long list of short lived Japanese prime ministers.” It didn’t take

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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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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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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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