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Jakarta Post

The little-known PM Suga

  • Editorial board


Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga gestures as he is elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election paving the way for him to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, Japan Monday (Reuters/Kyodo)

Japanese and international media have tended to be condescending toward the newly elected Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga because his rise to the top executive post did not follow a national election, but rather as a result of internal party compromises. But history shows figures like Suga can become effective and powerful leaders. The Japanese people are not the only ones who are pinning their hopes on Suga in the prolonged fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic stagnation it has caused. The whole world, including 10-member ASEAN, hopes to see Suga guide Japan out of the health and economic crises, as Japan’s recovery will help the ailing global economy to regain its feet. The new prime minister is little known at the international level, because as the right-hand man of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, Suga devoted his time and energy to domestic affairs. Howev...