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Koga says strength in unity of Kishida and Suga

  • March 10, 2020
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

In an interview in the April edition of monthly magazine Bungei Shunju, the Liberal Democratic Party’s Kishida faction emeritus chairman Makoto Koga expressed hopes that LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson Fumio Kishida will lead a “post-Abe” administration with support from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Koga said that “a Kishida-Suga partnership would be strong” and that he wants “Kishida to be prime minister and LDP president at all costs, and to assume responsibility for mainstream conservative politics.” Koga suggested Suga be LDP secretary-general or chief cabinet secretary, and hoped that Suga’s abilities be utilized in national governance.

 

Looking back on a comment he made in the summer of 2019 when he likened Kishida to the weak shoot of a tsukushi [horsetail plant], Koga now gives a more positive appraisal of Kishida, saying he was more mentally prepared than before. Koga commented that Suga is a politician who has “worked hard to move up” and that he “smells of the soil,” citing similarities with himself.

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