September 28, 2021

Suga Supports Kono to Retain Influence, Kato Says

The race to succeed Yoshihide Suga as LDP president and Japan’s 100th prime minister has important ramifications for the ruling party’s future, as it promises to be “a rare free-for-all” in which lawmakers will be voting as they wish instead of along faction lines, reports the Straits Times.

But there is also a “behind-the-scenes proxy war” for relevance, the article says. Research Director Sota Kato comments that Suga is supporting Taro Kono as a way of retaining his influence in the LDP.

“Japan’s Old Guard, Mavericks Battle for Supremacy in LDP Poll,” Straits Times

Profile of Research Director Sota Kato