Japan governing party begins race to pick Suga successor

Tokyo, September 17 (BNA): The race to elect the next Japanese Prime Minister has begun. The official election campaign began on Friday for the new head of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, who usually becomes the national leader due to the party’s control of parliament.

Four candidates are vying in the September 29 elections to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who will resign when his term ends at the end of this month after serving only one year. He took over the position from his predecessor, Shinzo Abe.

Their policies focus largely on the pandemic and its economic fallout, and on China’s increasingly assertive role in regional affairs, according to the Associated Press.

Taro Kono, the current minister in charge of vaccinations and the number one candidate in the Cabinet, said in his inaugural address on Friday that he wants a society that people see as compassionate.

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