Suga takes the reins from Abe as new PM

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on September 16, 2020 - Duration: 01:50s

Suga takes the reins from Abe as new PM

Japan's Yoshihide Suga was voted prime minister by parliament on Wednesday to become the country's first new leader in nearly eight years, appointing a new cabinet that kept about half of the familiar faces from predecessor Shinzo Abe's lineup.

Emer McCarthy reports.


Suga takes the reins from Abe as new PM

There was rapturous applause Wednesday (September 16), as Japan's government confirmed the news the world had been expecting - Yoshihide Suga was voted the country's prime minister.

Although Suga is Japan's first new leader in nearly eight years, his new cabinet is relatively familiar- keeping about half of the members from predecessor Shinzo Abe's lineup.

Even Abe's younger brother, Nobuo Kishi, was handed the defense portfolio.

"I will form a cabinet for the Japanese people and to work for the Japanese people.

By doing so, I'd like to meet the expectations from the people of Japan.

" The outgoing PM was sentimental as he left his office for the last time.

"Since I took over the administration, I have worked hard every single day to revitalize the economy and to conduct diplomacy that would protect the national interest.

During this time, I am proud to have taken on various challenges with the Japanese people." Suga won a LDP leadership race by a landslide on Monday and faces a number of challenges in office, including tackling COVID-19 while reviving a battered economy and dealing with a rapidly aging society.

But with little direct diplomatic experience, Suga must also cope with an intensifying U.S.-China confrontation, build ties with the winner of the Nov.

3 U.S. presidential election and try to keep Japan's own relations with Beijing on track.

There is speculation that Suga might call a snap election for parliament's lower house to take advantage of any rise in public support, although he has said handling the pandemic and reviving the economy were his top priorities.

You are here

💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Yoshihide Suga

99th Prime Minister of Japan
Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday in his first policy speech as leader, outlining an ambitious..
16 hours ago • WorldNews
Japan, the world’s fifth biggest emitter of CO2, is to bring in legally binding targets to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2050. Prime Minister Yoshihide..
3 days ago • WorldNews
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived Tuesday in Indonesia on the second leg of his first overseas trip as premier to..
1 week ago • WorldNews
Japan's new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, leaves Sunday on his first overseas foray since taking over from his former boss Shinzo Abe last month, heading to..
1 week ago • New Zealand Herald

Shinzo Abe

90th and 98th Prime Minister of Japan
Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who stepped down in September, visited Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Oct. 19, his second visit to the war-related shrine in a..
1 week ago • WorldNews

Nobuo Kishi

Japanese politician


Capital of the People's Republic of China
Ireland has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong due to concerns over national security legislation that Beijing imposed on the semi-autonomous state..
3 days ago • WorldNews
The high-speed railway between Shanghai and Beijing will adopt a floating ticket price system, Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway Co Ltd announced on Friday...
3 days ago • WorldNews

Related news from verified sources

As the new head of the ruling party, Suga is now virtually guaranteed to become Japan's next prime minister. The country's current leader, Shinzo Abe, is...
on September 14, 2020 • Deutsche Welle

TOKYO (AP) — Former chief Cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga elected by Parliament as Japan’s new prime minister, succeeding Shinzo Abe.
on September 16, 2020 •

Nikkei 225 price slipped 1.1% today on worsening risk sentiment as investors are still focused on the direction that the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide...
on September 24, 2020 • Invezz

Related videos from verified sources

Yoshihide Suga confirmed as Japan's new PM, eyes continuity 02:07
Video credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO - Published on September 16, 2020 

Yoshihide Suga becomes new Japan PM, who is he? | Oneindia News 01:49
Video credit: Oneindia - Published on September 16, 2020 

Cheers and flowers as Abe leaves office 01:22
Video credit: Reuters Studio - Published on September 16, 2020 

You might like