The race for the next Japanese Prime Minister has begun. The official election campaign began on Friday for the new head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, a role that typically points to the next national leader. Four candidates stand in the September 29 vote to replace outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who will step down after just one year at the end of his term at the end of this month, replacing predecessor Shinzo Abe.
Unusually for Japan there are two women in the race. The only other female competitor was in 2008 when Yuriko Koike, who is currently Tokyo’s governor, made a run.
Early Friday, the four presented their official candidacies at party headquarters before a series of joint public debates and other campaigns planned for the next 12 days. Its policies focus on the pandemic and its economic consequences, as well as the increasingly aggressive role China has played in regional affairs. ratings of support for Suga and his government have slumped due to their handling of the virus and their insistence on hosting the Olympics despite the pandemic, and the party hopes a new face can bring them victory in the general election that in the end of November. .