Born in 1948 and raised in a farmer’s family, Yoshihide Suga is all set to be the next Japanese political leader. His steady rise in politics without having any political background sets him apart from the political elite that has long dominated Japanese politics.
Who is Yoshihide Suga?Yoshihide Suga, 71 a son of a strawberry farmer from Northern Japan started his career in politics as a local assemblyman. In 2012 he became Chief Cabinet Secretary where he acted as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top government spokesman.
Yoshihide Suga elected as the next PMIn August 2020, Shinzo Abe announced to quit politics soon following his ill health. This incident was followed with elections in Japan to elect the new Prime Minister. Yoshihide Suga won 377 votes from 534 votes’ total cast. And also, 535 possible votes in the Liberal Democratic Party election (LDP). The opposition leaders Rival Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense Minister won 68 votes whereas Fumio Kishida, the ex-foreign Minister won 89 votes. Yoshihide Suga won the most votes. Certainly, he will be the next Prime Minister. He will serve Shinzo Abe’s term as a party leader from September 2021. After getting elected as the next Prime Minister of the world’s rising power, Suga could not hold his emotions and finally uttered his feelings saying;
“I was born as the oldest son of a farmer in Akita, I launched myself into the world of Politics starting from zero without possessing any knowledge or blood ties with the politics. I am able to become the leader of LDP with all its traditions and history.”He also added; “I will devote all of myself in working for Japan and its people”.