The leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Yoshihide Suga, has been confirmed as the 99th Prime Minister by the Japanese parliament on Wednesday, September 16.
Having served as the Chief Cabinet Secretary and then as a government spokesperson since 2012, Suga was one of the favourites to succeed former Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, who resigned last month due to health reasons.
As the new prime minister, 71-year-old Suga’s most pressing issue would be the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the economy.
Suga has promised to continue Abe’s policies and is expected to reappoint many of the existing cabinet members including Finance Minister, Taro Aso, and Foreign Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi.
Suga said, “I will create a cabinet that works for the people.”