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The outlook of Indonesia-Japan relations under PM Suga

  • Noto Suoneto and Birgitta Riani

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Birmingham/Jakarta   /   Tue, September 22, 2020   /  08:59 am
The outlook of Indonesia-Japan relations under PM Suga New leader: Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (center) prepares for a photo session with his Cabinet ministers at his official residence in Tokyo on Sept. 16. Suga has replaced Shinzo Abo who recently resigned. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

Japan has elected Yoshihide Suga the new prime minister, replacing Shinzo Abe who resigned amid a global pandemic. Suga’s appointment is the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) way to ensure continuity of Abe’s major policies. Suga himself has shown his keenness toward stability, vowing to maintain the ongoing Abenomics economic policy and coronavirus response during his campaign. In his previous posts, Suga mainly demonstrated his influence over domestic policies. His rise to the premiership, albeit considered the safest choice in the current situation, has sparked concerns on the future of Japan’s foreign diplomacy. When asked about his diplomatic trajectory, Suga promised to make “assertions at highlevel talks” with China, while maintaining “solid ties with Asian nations by having the Japan-US alliance as the foundation”. Th...

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