Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's power atop the government is not assured, and with some significant elections scheduled, domestic politics could once again shake things up at the top.
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Since 2010, Washington has stated and reiterated its position that the Senkakus fall under U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty obligations.
With the abduction issue continuing to inform the Suga administration's North Korea policy, the government must adjust its approach if it hopes for progress.
Ishiba’s decision to step down as leader of his faction has left many wondering what it may portend in terms of LDP factional politics and his future political prospects.
For Japan, it provides a standard for which other potential security partners like the U.K., Canada and the Philippines can follow.
Neither side knows how the other will respond, though China currently has the upper hand given that it’s just another move in its long-held strategy.
Could the world be seeing the underpinnings of a new NATO-like alliance in Asia with the Quad? What would Japan’s role even be in such a security arrangement?
For one thing, Yoshihide Suga will have to pay back his allies for their support with Cabinet and LDP leadership appointments, as well as potential policy concessions.
With Yoshihide Suga formally appointed as prime minister on Wednesday, all eyes will be watching to see how the newly minted leader will steer Japan.
With Yoshihide Suga’s assured victory, we now have a clearer outlook of Japan’s political landscape for the next twelve months.