Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party secretary-general, “There is no intention to change Suga”… willingness to support

As Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s term ends in September, a key executive of the ruling LDP has not found any ‘significance’ to replace him, adding strength to his reappointment.

According to NHK and Asahi Shimbun on the 3rd, Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, was asked whether he would support Prime Minister Suga in the presidential election at a press conference on the same day, and said, “I think it would be good if the pitcher would throw it properly. Isn’t the voice that speaks strong both among the people and within the party?” he said.

He also expressed his support for Suga’s reappointment as Prime Minister, saying, “I’m working hard, so I don’t see any intention to change Governor Suga right now.”

“There is no prospect of multiple people raising their hands (running for governor) right now. There is a very strong possibility that the incumbent (Prime Minister Suga) will be re-elected.” Secretary-General Nikai is a key cadre of the influential LDP with the party’s funds and election rights. As for the timing of the House of Representatives election, “Everyone thinks that ‘I hope the COVID-19 calms down’, but the political schedule cannot be completely postponed because it is Corona. I want to monitor the situation carefully and make a decision.”

In Japan, which is a parliamentary system, the leader of the ruling party becomes the prime minister. Prime Minister Suga, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, will serve as party leader until September 30.

According to the rules for the election of the LDP governor, the election committee must consist of 11 members of the party, and the election schedule for the governor must be determined and announced by the end of August.

Within the LDP, support for Prime Minister Suga is gathering. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also expressed his support for Prime Minister Suga. Seko Hiroshige, secretary-general of the House of Representatives of the LDP, also supported Prime Minister Suga.

Prime Minister Suga has announced his candidacy for the general election.

On the 17th of last month, on a broadcast on the 17th of last month, he received a question about response to the election of the governor from a moderator, and he said, “The first priority is to take measures against the corona virus.”

In the background of expressing his candidacy early, his intention to gain the support of the faction and to solidify a foothold within the party can be seen.

However, it is unclear whether the LDP will win the House of Representatives election with Prime Minister Suga at the fore.

This is because Prime Minister Suga’s approval rating has stagnated at a still low level due to the re-spread of COVID-19. According to a joint opinion poll conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) last month, the Suga cabinet’s approval rating was 39.0%.

On the 3rd, the Sankei Shimbun reported that Japan is recording a ‘medal rush’ at the Tokyo Olympics, but the ruling party is worried about the approval rating of the Suga cabinet.

Japan’s political schedule is full after September 5, when the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will close. Since the term of office of members of the House of Representatives ends on October 21, general elections such as the House of Representatives must be held.

The prevailing view is that the election of the LDP president will be held after the House of Representatives election. Failure to win the general election cannot rule out the possibility of being replaced in the general election.


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