World Desk, Tech for FTCP, Tokyo
Updated Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:58 AM IST
Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihida Suga
– Photo: Facebook / Yoshihide Suga
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Yoshihide Suga (in file pic) elected as Japan's prime minister, becoming the country's first new leader in nearly eight years and facing a raft of challenges including reviving an economy battered by the COVID-19 crisis: Reuters pic.twitter.com/D0g01Wwk93
– ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2020
The path for Suga to take over as Prime Minister was cleared only on Monday. When he was elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan. He won the internal vote very easily. Suga received 377 votes out of 534. In this way he won against his two rivals former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba and former Foreign Minister Phumio Kishida.
The 71-year-old Suga, a powerful government advisor and spokesperson, is seen as a leader in bringing stability to the country and continuing Abe's policies. He has specifically stated that his candidature was motivated by Prime Minister Abe's desire to continue his programs.
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The son of a farmer, Suga was raised in the northern Akita region of Japan. Suga is believed to have his biggest concern in the issue of population decline in rural areas, on which he can work after taking oath as Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister, he will face very difficult situations, as dealing with the corona virus and keeping the world's third largest economy running smoothly will emerge as a major challenge.
Significantly, 65-year-old Shinzo Abe has been battling stomach-related illness for a long time. He has visited the hospital twice in August. Since then, there was a discussion in the Japanese media about his health.
According to local media, Abe did not want his health to have any effect on the functioning of the government. That is why, on August 28, he announced his resignation after holding a press conference. In August itself, Abe completed seven years and six months as Prime Minister.