At a press conference held on the morning of March 11, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that “the Abe administration has a year and few months left” and did not directly address remarks made by Makoto Koga in an article that appeared in a monthly magazine. Koga, who is emeritus chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Kishida faction (Kochikai), had said in the article that if LDP Policy Research Council Chairperson and Kishida faction leader Fumio Kishida were to head the next administration, Koga would like Suga to collaborate with Kishida.
Suga himself is one of the people who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Abe. At the press conference, Suga said that the Abe administration will “work to meet the expectations of the people of Japan and do what needs to be done.”
At another press conference held on March 11, Kishida declined to comment on Koga’s remarks, saying that he had not read the article nor spoken directly with Koga [on this topic]. Kishida said he will continue to make efforts to develop as a politician.
In an article published in the monthly magazine Bungei Shunju released on March 10, Koga said that he recommends Kishida as the next prime minister. Koga also commented that “a Suga-Kishida partnership would be strong” and that the two make a “really good combination.” Koga expressed hopes that if Kishida were to head the administration, Suga would cooperate with him as LDP secretary-general or chief cabinet secretary.