For Japan, it provides a standard for which other potential security partners like the U.K., Canada and the Philippines can follow.
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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.
In a normal world, Abe’s chief lieutenant, Yoshihide Suga, wouldn’t have had a chance — but the LDP’s logic changed that.
The choice is neither up to the Japanese people, nor is it something to be decided in the Diet. Instead, the decision rests solely within the LDP.
As questions swirl over what's next, here's a look at the core points underwriting the issue.
Coalescing a viable opposition is not as simple as combining parties.