Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stated that Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is one of promising candidates to succeed him as prime minister.
“He is undoubtedly one of the major candidates,” Abe said in a monthly magazine interview published Tuesday.
“But there would be a problem with Prime Minister Suga: He can’t have Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga,” Abe added jokingly.
The remarks by Abe are taken by some as intended to galvanize former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who is high on the list of Abe’s possible successors but viewed as weak in PR and leadership skills.
The same magazine also included an interview with Suga, who told the magazine that he has never thought about becoming prime minister.