TOKYO, KOMPAS.com – Japan’s ruling party, LDP, plans to call for party chairman elections on September 14 following the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The chairman of the LDP Party will automatically become the Prime Minister of Japan because the majority of seats in the Japanese Parliament are controlled by the party.
Reporting from Reuters, Sunday (31/8/2020), there are four candidates who are speculated to compete for the position.
Earlier, Abe told US President Donald Trump that friendly relations between Japan and the United States would continue to strengthen even after Abe had left office.
Abe’s successors will face frightening economic issues, security issues, and diplomatic issues.
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The new Japanese Prime Minister will face an economic downturn due to the corona virus pandemic and the increasing tension between the US and China.
Among all the candidates with ambitions to take the post of Prime Minister, former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba is the most popular with the public.
However, if Ishiba does run for the seat of prime minister, he will face an uphill battle.
This is because Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is also reportedly involved in the contest and will receive support from a number of main factions from the LDP party.
Based on a survey conducted by Kyodo News, the public supported Ishiba with 34 percent of the votes. Meanwhile, Suga only received 14 percent of the votes.
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Meanwhile the survey results from Nikkei/TV Tokyo also put Ishiba as the winner with 28 percent public support.
The name of Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono emerged as the second public choice with 15 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, Suga was in fourth place with 11 percent of the votes.
The survey highlighted the enormous gap between public opinion and the internal politics of the LDP.
Suga is reportedly involved in the prime minister election. He will be supported by a faction led by LDP Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai and other major factions.
Suga declined to comment when asked about the LDP leadership rivalry at his regular press conference as the government’s top spokesman Monday.
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Ishiba himself has not stated whether he will run for office.
LDP Policy Chief Fumio Kishida has announced his intention to run for the prime ministerial seat.
He took last place in two public opinion surveys.