The son of a farmer, Suga grew up in the countryside of Akita prefecture and moved to Tokyo while studying at university while earning money.
If Shinzo Abe is supposed to be born as prime minister, his potential successor’s path to becoming a political star is quite different. Yoshihide Suga has been considered by many political analysts as the most likely candidate to replace Prime Minister Abe, who resigned last month due to inadequate health due to chronic colitis.
Cabinet chief Yoshihide Suga waved his hand after a debate about the election of the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party at the party headquarters in Tokyo on 9/9. Photo: Reuters.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) today voted to choose Suga as the party’s chairman, replacing Abe. The new LDP chairman is almost certain to become the next prime minister, as parliamentarians have a majority in Japan’s parliament, which votes for government leadership. Becoming prime minister will be the staggering and incredible political career culmination of this 72-year-old man.
Abe and Suga have been together for nearly a decade, since Abe became Prime Minister in 2012. Abe then went on to be Japan’s longest-serving leader since the end of World War II.
Suga was Abe’s right hand man during his tenure, serving as the prime minister’s cabinet secretary, and as a coordinator between the chief of staff and the press secretary. But the two have different backgrounds.
Abe was born into a family of rich political traditions with his father as foreign minister. He is also related to two former prime ministers. He is seen as a typical example in the partisan political system that places great importance on Japan’s lineage.
Suga is again the son of a farmer, famous for being a pragmatist, a skilled negotiator behind the scenes. He grew up in rural Akita prefecture, moving to Tokyo after graduating from high school. Suga does enough odd jobs to pay for college. He works as a worker for a cardboard factory while working at the Tsukiji fish market.
After graduating, Suga entered the reeling world of Japanese salaried workers, but the job didn’t last long. Politics is what shapes and affects the world, and that’s what he wants to do.
So Suga decided to run for the city council in Yokohama. Despite a lack of political ties and experience, he makes up for it with resourcefulness and hard work. He knocked on the doorstep to campaign, visited 300 households a day and went to a total of 30,000, according to the LDP. By the time the city council election took place, Suga was wearing six pairs of shoes.
His style hasn’t changed since that campaign. Today, Suga is known for being a reliable and well-earned person. Those are the qualities that make him an excellent right hand man for Abe. He is an important ally in a series of important economic decisions of Abe known as “Abenomics”, monetary stimulus, increased government spending and structural reform, to kick-start the economy. long stagnation of Japan.
If elected as prime minister, Suga is expected to become a “second Abe”, according to Kazuto Suzuki, vice principal and professor of international politics at Hokkaido University.
Suzuki said it is possible that members of the LDP are making the most of Abe’s popularity shortly after he announced his resignation, despite his earlier decline in support. In a poll by Mainichi, one of Japan’s largest newspapers, before Abe announced his resignation, 58.4% of respondents said not satisfied with the way he handled Covid-19. The rate of support for Abe decreased to 36%, the lowest level since 2012.
Brad Glosserman, an expert on Japanese politics, said that Suga has not yet shown himself to be “truly out of Abe’s line or LDP’s line in general”.
“His life story is very interesting. He portrays himself as an independent man. The question is to what extent his personality will shine,” said Glosserman.
This will be a difficult task. Abe resigned amid dissatisfaction over the way he handled Covid-19 and Japan was facing a new economic crisis, two factors that provided opportunities for his political opponents.
Major problems such as public debt and population aging persist despite Abe’s calls to reform gender equality in the workplace. Critics claim that he has failed to address the gender gap