Suga backs Kono, Abe picks Takaichi: Battle lines drawn in fight for Japan’s top job

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      Suga backs Kono, Abe picks Takaichi: Battle lines drawn in fight for Japan’s top job
      Walter Sim
      Japan Correspondent

      TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has backed vaccine minister Taro Kono to succeed him as the country’s 100th premier.

      But sources cited by the media said Mr Suga’s predecessor, Shinzo Abe, intends to endorse former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi to take over the top job and become the country’s first female prime minister.

      The moves come as the race to succeed Mr Suga intensified on Saturday (Sept 4), one day after his shock decision to bow out as LDP president. Due to the LDP’s majority in both Chambers of the Diet, the LDP chief is usually picked as prime minister. The LDP is set to vote for a new leader on Sept 29 and the winner will also serve as the party’s face going into a general election that is due by November.


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      and Suga was some sort of dyed-in-the-wool right-wing Japanese nationalist. Now they’re backing different candidates. LOL!

      And for your information, Suga was never any sort of frothing-at-the-mouth right-wing nutcase who was longing for the days of the pre-war Japanese Empire, as you portrayed him to be.

      Really, you don’t seem to have a CLUE about the situation over here in Japan. I live it every day. And I discuss it in detail with people I would trust with my life.

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

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        <h1>Japan’s Largest Rightwing Organization: An Introduction to Nippon Kaigi</h1>

        December 14, 2015
        Volume 13 | Issue 50 | Number 5
        Article ID 4410

        Translated by J. Victor Koschmann

        Japan Council ranks among Japan’s largest private rightwing associations. According to Japan Council itself, its members number upwards of 35,000. In addition to some 47 prefectural and local headquarters, it also maintains 228 branch offices.

        Principal Leaders of the Japan Council National Diet Member Discussion Group

        Special Advisors Asō Tarō, Abe Shinzō

        Advisors Tanigaki Teiichi, Ishihara Shintarō, Kamei Shizuka

        Consultants Nukaga Fukushirō, Isawa Shigeru, Santō Akiko,

        Konoike Yoshitada

        Chairman Hiranuma Takeo

        Acting Chairman Nakasone Hirofumi

        Vice-Chairmen Furuya Keiji, Mori Hidesuke, Koike Yuriko, Shimomura Hirofumi, Suga Yoshihide, Takaichi Sanae, Shindō Yoshitaka,

        Watanabe Shu, Matsubara Hitoshi, Fujii Takao,….


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