Yoshihide Suga, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor officially became Japan’s 99th Prime Minister on Wednesday.  

Abe, one of Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister resigns from his position last month due to his worsening health. 

Suga came from the same Party as Abe and was also the former Prime Minister’s chief cabinet spokesperson. 

Suga, Abe’s right-hand man, has vowed to continue Abe’s policies and programs, including the “Abenomics” strategy.  

Abenomics is former PM Abe’s aggressive economy-boosting strategy for Japan. 

The strategy design aims to reignite Japan’s economy and recover from deflation. 

According to Suga, to overcome the current crisis and make the citizens feel safe, it is his “mission” to carry on Abe’s measures.

Moreover, he also committed to creating structural reforms.

The new Japanese Prime Minister talked about getting rid of “an overly compartmentalized bureaucratic system” in his speech. 

Suga won a landslide victory for the ruling party leadership election, with 377 votes out of 534 casted votes in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) election, per the Sun. 

Suga, unlike his predecessor and the many members of the LDP, came from an agricultural family in the northern part of Japan. 

The newly elected Prime Minister also emphasized his simple background in his acceptance speech.

In fact, during his speech, Suga hinted at creating a new kind of Cabinet that works “for the Japanese people.”  

Yoshihide Suga

An “Unaffiliated” Prime Minister

One of Suga’s challenge in his new role as Prime Minister is his lack of leadership experience in factions and as a “party executive,” Japan Times said.

The newly elected Prime Minister is a doer behind the scenes, a “backroom lieutenant” per Japan Times

Suga is a “loner” at the LDP’s faction system, said journalist Tetsuo Suzuki. 

Suzuki has done various one-on-one interviews with Suga for over a decade.

This is due to his aversion to the party’s faction system.


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