September 18, 2021 6:16 pm
Yoshihide Suga announced he would step down two weeks ago amid sinking approval ratings, triggering the leadership race between the four candidates.
September 10, 2021 10:19 am
Nearly a third of respondents in a poll conducted by major domestic media last week said the Georgetown University-educated Kono, 58, was the most suitable to succeed Suga.
August 31, 2021 10:16 am
Suga's support ratings are at record lows as he failed to capitalise on delivering the Olympics for the country, being hit hard by a fresh wave of coronavirus infections.
September 08, 2020 4:32 pm
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yosihide Suga, 71, had formally submitted his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic Party leadership last week.
September 01, 2020 6:04 pm
The next prime minister will face a number of challenges, including the ongoing fight against COVID-19, managing the Tokyo Olympics that has been postponed to next summer, setting Japan's security policy in the face of an increasingly assertive China, and dealing with the results of the presidential election in the US.
July 15, 2019 9:59 am
Changing the constitution to enshrine the role of Japan's military, known as the Self-Defense Forces, has been a long-held goal for Abe, who has been prime minister and leader of the LDP since 2012.
September 04, 2018 8:30 am
Abe said his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won last year's lower house election with a pledge to use proceeds from the sales tax increase to make Japan's social welfare system more sustainable.
October 16, 2017 8:17 am
Support for Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's newly founded Party of Hope, which has transformed Japan's political landscape and swallowed up main opposition Democratic Party, appears to be declining, with surveys predicting it might win up to 54 seats.
September 28, 2017 8:50 am
Koike, 65, defied the LDP to run successfully for Tokyo governor last year and her novice local party then crushed the LDP in a metropolitan assembly election in July.
December 14, 2014 3:17 pm
Abe was echoing sentiments shared by many Japanese.