TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga looks set to become prime minister this week, after garnering the backing of
most of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) factions to win a party leadership election slated for Monday.
Incumbent premier Shinzo Abe announced last month he was resigning because of poor health. The winner of the party election is virtually assured of becoming prime minister because of the LDP’s parliamentary majority.
Here is where Suga stands on key policies.
A longtime lieutenant of Abe, Suga aims to continue the incumbent’s hyper-easy monetary policy, stepped-up government spending and structural reforms, dubbed “Abenomics”.
Suga also plans to maintain Abe’s policy of prioritising economic growth over efforts to fix the country’s tattered finances.
He said on Sunday there was no limit to the amount of bonds the government can issue to support an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic, and indicated he could look to a third…
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