20 September 2021

Outgoing Prime Minister Suga and Japan's Liberal Democratic Party

Guest: Giulio Pugliese
Host: Satoko Naito

On September 3, 2021, Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide announced that he would not seek reelection as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), effectively declaring his resignation as Japan’s head of government. Listen to Dr. Giulio Pugliese discuss Suga’s short tenure, including his deep unpopularity due to his government’s slow response to the Covidpandemic and insistence on holding the Olympics, as well as his ambitious goals towards digitization and renewable energy. Dr. Pugliese also considers Suga’s position in the context of the history of the LDP and former Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's continued profound influence. Learn also about the new generation of LDP lawmakers represented by Kōno Tarō, the leading candidate to replace Suga, as well as other contenders for the party leadership position including KishidaFumio and Takaichi Sanae. (This episode was recorded on September 15.)Dr. Pugliese is a Lecturer in Japanese Politics and International Relations, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, and Part-Time Professor in EU-Asia Studies, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute (EUI).