GR Japan - Update on succession of Prime Minister Abe
Only days after he became the longest continuously-serving prime minister in Japan, today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced to resign from his position, saying that he wishes to prevent his deteriorating health to interfere with his duties and judgment. The candidates for permanent successors include Yoshihide Suga (Chief Cabinet Secretary), Taro Aso (Deputy Prime Minister), Ishiba Shigeru, and Fumio Kishida. Confronted with a pandemic, economic downturn, and foreign policy challenges, turbulent times lie ahead for the one who takes the wheel after Abe. Despite Abe's resignation, it is unlikely that Japan's policy direction is going to change significantly in the short term.