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Abe's successor, Naoto Kan, became Japan's new Liberal Democratic Party president

Source: bbc.com
[全球新闻]     14 Sep 2020
On the afternoon of September 14, Tokyo time, Naoto Kan was elected as the new president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and it was almost certain that he would succeed Shinzo Abe as the new Japanese prime minister. Shinzo Abe resigned on August 28 for health reasons.
Abe's successor, Naoto Kan, became Japan's new Liberal Democratic Party president

Naoto Kan elected the new president of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party

On the afternoon of September 14, Tokyo time, Naoto Kan was elected as the new president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and it was almost certain that he would succeed Shinzo Abe as the new Japanese prime minister.

Shinzo Abe resigned on August 28 for health reasons.

Mr Kan ,71, is the official chief of Abe's cabinet, second only to the prime minister. He is seen as a close ally of Abe, who is seen as highly likely to continue a range of policies from his predecessor.

As president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Naoto Kan will accept parliament vote on September 16. Because the LDP has a majority in the parliament, he is almost certain to become the new prime minister.

As Abe's current term of office has not expired, Suga Yoshihide will complete his remaining term until September 2021. However, some senior officials of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party said that the new government may dissolve the House of Representatives soon after taking office and hold an early election.

Abe's successor, Naoto Kan, became Japan's new Liberal Democratic Party president

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Who is Kan Yiwei?

Naoto Kan, born in a strawberry farmer, has a strong political credentials in Japan.

Given his central role in Abe's cabinet, he is expected to lead government a smooth transition to the 2021 election.

"The reason why Shinzo Abe and other leaders in the party chose Mr. Suga is because he is the candidate who can maintain'continuity' most. They think he can continue his policies without Abe," Sophia University in Japan Akira Nakano, professor of political science, told the The British Broadcasting Corporation .

Although Yoshihide Suga is not the most energetic and passionate political figure in the eyes of the outside world, he is known for his efficiency and hard work.

Recently, his most well-known appearance was during the transition period between the abdication of Emperor Akihito and Emperor de Hirohito in 2019, when he announced to the world that Japan's new year was the order and.

Although he is the most desirable successor to the LDP leadership, it is unclear whether he will lead the LDP in the next election.

Analysts say the LDP could turn into a more dynamic leader at the helm, affecting more voters.

Abe's successor, Naoto Kan, became Japan's new Liberal Democratic Party president

Kishida Wenxiong (left), Kan Yiwei (middle) and Shi Chaomao

Who are the other two candidates?

In addition to Naoto Kan Yiwei, the LDP president of the election there are two candidates.

Mr kishida has served as foreign minister in mr abe's cabinet, but over the past three years he has served as the ldp's chief executive. Mr kishida ,63, has more diplomatic experience than mr kan, but lacks mr abe's support.

The third contender is mr shibomao, a former ldp chief who served as defence minister in the early abe cabinet.

The 63-year-old is the closest to Abe among the three and has been described by the media as a minority of his critics in the LDP. Shi hopes he can represent Abe's new atmosphere after his resignation.

Although Kishida and Shi Chaomao are not favored in the election, the battle may help them get a favorable position in the next election.


Japan's Political Perspective

The exchange coincided with a difficult time for Japan. Japan is struggling to cope with the new crown, which has also led to its worst economic recession in history.

Abe's long-standing economic stimulus ," Abe economics ", was not fully in place until the outbreak began, and Japan's economic has stagnated, declined, or grew only slowly for years.

Abe's plan to revise the peace constitution is still unfinished. Abe plans to revise parts of the constitution to give formal recognition to Japan's military power. The Japanese army, currently known as the quot; Self-Defense Forces, quot;, in principle can not participate in any international military mission.

For these projects, government led by Mr Kan may provide stability and keep everything on track.

But Professor Nakano warned that during his tenure as the official cabinet chief, Mr Kan had "a clear lack of vision ".

"His only slogan was'self-help, mutual assistance, public assistance' and, in the context of the economic vulnerability of many during the epidemic, he emphasized neoliberal self-help and self-responsibility ," Nakano noted.

According to the original schedule, Japan's House of Representatives elections will be held in September 2021, when the LDP president is likely to have another person.

Analysts say the next LDP presidential race may focus more on who can win the election than who can provide stability.

Recently, senior Liberal Democratic Party officials have indicated that the newly elected government may hold general elections early. Toshiichi Suzuki, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party ' s general affairs, told the Japanese media that the new cabinet may gain a higher level of public opinion when it takes office. The Liberal Democratic Party intends to use this opportunity to advance the scheduled general election next year by one year. Kyodo News reported that Japan ' s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso also stated on the 13th that the next prime minister may immediately dissolve the House of Representatives for general elections.

Abe's successor, Naoto Kan, became Japan's new Liberal Democratic Party president

Abe's Resignation


Why did Abe resign?

Shinzo Abe said on August 28 that he did not want his illness to interfere with decision-making, but decided to resign as prime minister. He apologized to the Japanese people for that.

Abe ,65, has been suffering from ulcerative colitis for years, but says his condition has worsened recently.

Before his resignation, Abe had just become Japan's longest-running prime minister in office for nearly eight years.

He had resigned as prime minister in 2007 because of illness.

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