Yoshihide Suga will be the next PM of Japan
Who is Yoshihide Suga:
He is a Japanese politician currently serving as president of the Liberal Democratic Party. He has represented the Kanagawa 2nd district in the House of Representatives since 1996. He served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications during Shinzo Abe’s first tenure as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007, and as Chief Cabinet Secretary during Abe’s second tenure from 2012 to 2020.
Mr. Suga easily won the vote, taking 377 of the 534 valid votes cast by Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmakers and regional representatives, significantly ahead of his two rivals.
Suga has a reputation for inscrutability, who has become a key government adviser, spokesman, and policy enforcer. Suga has so far served in several key political roles, including most recently as chief cabinet secretary.
He has also effectively been the face of Abe’s government, serving as its top spokesman and defending decisions in daily press conferences.
Yoshihide Suga Background:-
Suga was born to a family of strawberry farmers in Yuzawa and for higher studies, he moved to Tokyo and graduated from Yuzawa High School. He attended night school to obtain a Bachelor of Laws from Hosei University in 1973. Suga chose Hosei because it was the cheapest option available, and worked in a cardboard factory to pay his way through university.
Political Carrer :
After graduating from university, Suga worked on a House of Councillors election campaign and thereafter worked as secretary to LDP Diet Member Hikosaburo Okonogi, father of LDP politician for eleven years. Suga resigned from this position in October 1986 to pursue his own career in politics.
He was elected to the Yokohama City Council in April 1987, campaigning door-to-door on foot, visiting as many as 30,000 houses and wearing through six pairs of shoes. He pioneered the practice of giving campaign speeches in front of busy train stations, which is now common among Japanese political candidates.
Suga was elected to the Diet of Japan in the 1996 general election. He was appointed Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications in November 2005 under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. He was promoted to Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Minister for Privatization of the Postal Services in the first Shinzo Abe cabinet in September 2006.
His “street-corner” campaigning style was credited with holding his seat in the 2009 general election when many other LDP lawmakers lost their seats amid a surge in support for the Democratic Party of Japan.
In October 2011, he was appointed Chairman of the LDP Party Organization and Campaign Headquarters. In September 2012, he was appointed Executive Acting Secretary-General of the LDP.
(Inputs From Various agencies)