Japan’s foreign policy: What’s next after Shinzo Abe’s exit?

Everybody seemed to know the result even before the game began.

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party formally began its extraordinary presidential election on Tuesday to choose a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

According to projections by the Japanese media, incumbent Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga will most likely become the next Prime Minister of Japan. Suga has reportedly been endorsed by five out of seven factions or policy groups inside the LDP.

This, of course, may not be the endgame.Neither of two other candidates, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former LDP Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba, seem to give up. Even though a “Suga administration” is likely to emerge from the election, its fate is tenuous. Should he fail to call a snap election this October, he may end up becoming a caretaker prime minister just for a year.While all eyes are on the internal politicking of the LDP, what is […]

Source: www.japantimes.co.jp

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