How Yoshihide Suga defied the odds to become Shinzo Abe's heir apparent

How Yoshihide Suga defied the odds to become Shinzo Abe's heir apparent”

New Liberal Democratic Party President Yoshihide Suga is set on Tuesday to reshuffle the Japanese ruling party's leadership, retaining Toshihiro Nikai as secretary general while naming former education minister Hakubun Shimomura as policy chief.

The 71-year-old Suga has been an important official in outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration.

Suga said that the government needs to "inherit and facilitate policies promoted by Prime Minister Abe". After what observers predict will be a comfortable victory over his rivals, the party's policy chief, Fumio Kishida, and Shigeru Ishiba, a former defence minister, Suga is practically assured of being approved as prime minister in the lower house of parliament on Wednesday. His predecessor's economic policy - a combination of huge government spending, ultra-easy monetary policy and structural reforms - will remain untouched, he has said.

But behind the scenes, he's known for his iron-fist approach to getting jobs done as a policy coordinator and influencing bureaucrats by using the centralized power of the prime minister's office, leading political watchers to call him the "shadow prime minister".

Land minister Kazuyoshi Akaba, who belongs to the LDP's junior coalition partner Komeito, and Olympics and Paralympics minister Seiko Hashimoto will also be retained in the new cabinet, the sources said.

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As his parents' eldest son, Suga defied tradition by deciding not to take over the family farm.

Mr Suga, however, has made no secret of the fact that he comes from more humble origins: he is the son of a strawberry farmer and a teacher from a small rural city Yuzawa, in Japan's northern prefecture Akita.

Suga's status as a relative outsider could serve him well as he attempts to steer Japan out of a prolonged recession worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Tobias Harris, a Japan expert at Teneo Intelligence in Washington and the author of a new book on Abe.

Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan's ruling party on Monday. Instead, he headed to Tokyo, where he became a self-made politician, a rarity in Japan's largely hereditary business of politics - and a change from Abe, the scion of a political dynasty. He is expected to continue many of Abe's foreign policies.

There is some belief that Suga may only serve for the rest of Abe's term as prime minister, which was to end in September 2021. And he will have to establish a good relationship with whoever wins the US presidential race. Others think he will last longer. He said he wanted to solve the issue of Japanese nationals captured by North Korea in the 1970s and 80s.

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