Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose support ratings have plummeted ahead of a general election, said on Friday that he would set the stage for his replacement as prime minister.
Here are the details about the people who could become the next prime minister of Japan.
Fumio Kishida, 64
A former foreign minister, Kishida was considered a possible successor to Shinzo Abe, who resigned last September, but Hiroshima’s low-key lawmakers generally rank lower in voter polls. He came second in the election of the party leadership last year.
Kishida is one of the more liberal factions of the LDP and appears to be humming about revising the pacifist constitution.
In announcing her candidacy, Kishida called for reducing income inequalities and promised support to economically weaker people, such as workers and women in non-regular employment, in contrast to Suga, who emphasized self-reliance. Is.
This week, Kishida said an economic stimulus package of “tens of trillions of yen” was needed to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. He also said that Japan should maintain ultra-low interest rates to support the pandemic-hit economy.
He has said that he was running to show the LDP “listen to the people and provide a wider choice, and to protect our country’s democracy,” a comment seen as a criticism of Suga’s style of governance. Is.
Sane Takachi, 60
An Abe disciple and former interior affairs minister, Takachi has clarified her desire to become Japan’s first female prime minister, saying she will introduce policies to help curb China’s technology threat and strengthen the economy. Will do
Takaichi said she wanted to work on issues left unfinished by the previous administration, such as achieving 2% inflation and introducing legislation “that prevents the leakage of sensitive information to China”.
She said an additional budget needs to be prepared as soon as possible to strengthen Japan’s medical system, which is under strain due to the pandemic.
A member of the party’s most conservative wing, she frequently visits the Yasukuni Shrine, a controversial memorial to the War of Japan, and has opposed allowing married couples to have different surnames.
However, it is not clear whether she will gain the 20 MLA supporters needed to run in the leadership election.
Taro Kono, 58
Kono ranks high on the list of lawmakers in charge of Japan’s rocky vaccination rollout, voters want to see Suga succeed.
Educated at Georgetown University and a fluent English speaker, social media-savvy Kono has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense and holds the portfolio for administrative reform.
Kono has a reputation as a vagabond, but has lined up over major Abe policies. He has contrasted his conservative stance with that of his father, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, who in 1993 apologized for “comforting women”, a euphemism for women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels. Was.
Kono, a member of the powerful Finance Minister Taro Aso’s faction, has not indicated whether he intends to run for the leadership.
Shigeru Ishiba, 64
A former defense minister, Ishiba regularly ranks high in voter polls, but is less popular among party lawmakers.
A soft-spoken security maven and a rare LDP critic of Abe when the latter was in office, Ishiba has also held portfolios to revive agriculture and local economies.
He defeated Abe in the first round of a one-party election in 2012 thanks to strong grassroots support, but lost in the second round when only MPs could vote. Since then he has lost twice more.
Ishiba has criticized the Bank of Japan’s ultra-low interest rates for hurting regional banks and called for higher public works spending to address growing inequality.