Japan PM Suga to back vaccine minister Kono in LDP leadership race

Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will back the popular minister in charge of Japan’s vaccination rollout, Taro Kono, for the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership race this month, broadcaster Nippon News Network reported on Saturday. The leader of the ruling party will replace Suga as prime minister.Suga announced on Friday that he would not run … Read more

Here’s who to look out for in the race to succeed Japan’s Suga

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s surprise decision to effectively step down as premier by dropping out from a party leadership vote throws the gates open for a race to succeed him. Suga had no known successor lined up but under his nearly year-long term as premier, Taro Kono has emerged as one of the most … Read more

Japan likely to get new PM as Suga bows out of party vote

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga won’t run for the leadership of the governing party, indicating he will step down as Japanese leader at the end of this month, a party official said Friday. Suga told executives of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday that he will not run in the leadership race set for … Read more

Exit polls show ally of Japan’s Yoshihide Suga losing Yokohama election, NHK says

An ally of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was set to lose a mayoral race in Yokohama on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK said, citing exit polls, in a blow for the unpopular premier who faces a general election this year. Exit polls pointed to a clear victory for the opposition-backed professor of public health Takeharu … Read more

Japan marks 76th anniversary of WWII defeat; no Suga apology

Japan marked the 76th anniversary of its World War II surrender on Sunday with a sombre ceremony in which Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pledged for the tragedy of war to never be repeated but avoided apologising for his country’s past aggression. Suga said Japan never forgets the peace that the country enjoys today is built … Read more

Japan PM Suga’s support slides to record low as Olympic Games close – survey

Support for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga slid below 30% for the first time since he took office, a survey showed on Monday, a sign the Tokyo Olympic Games failed to boost his ratings amid a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Roughly a third disapproved of holding the Games which closed on Sunday and 60% said … Read more

Japan PM Suga apologises for skipping parts of Hiroshima speech

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologised on Friday for accidentally skipping parts of a speech in Hiroshima to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city 76 years ago.Media reports said he had skipped over a page, and that the mistake was noticed as public broadcaster NHK stopped displaying subtitles during his speech … Read more

Japan’s Covid-19 infections have entered ‘new phase,’ says health minister

Japan’s government was acting pre-emptively to ensure there are sufficient beds for seriously ill COVID-19 patients, its health minister said on Wednesday, warning infections have entered a “new phase” with a spike in Delta variant cases. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on Monday only Covid-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of … Read more