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Views and achievements of post-Abe candidates Suga, Kishida, and Ishiba

  • September 3, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Views and achievements of post-Abe candidates Suga, Kishida, and Ishiba

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida

Former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba

COVID-19

Gives top priority to bringing the outbreak under control. Wants the coronavirus special measures law to be revised after the outbreak is resolved. Positive about the Go To Travel campaign. Wants a review of the central and regional governments’ scopes of authority.

Wants an improved PCR testing system. Wants to give financial support to smaller firms so that employees can undergo PCR testing. Thinks that mandatory business suspension requests “should be discussed.”

Wants to swiftly revise the coronavirus special measures law to make business suspension requests mandatory. Says the revision of the law should come with economic assistance. Seeks to set up a Japanese version of the CDC. Wants an improved PCR testing system.

Economy

Will continue with Abenomics. Supports monetary easing and a positive fiscal policy. Achieved lower mobile phone fees and a higher minimum wage.

Thinks that the fruits of growth haven’t reached smaller firms and regional areas. Wants to eliminate the income gap and re-distribute wealth to the middle class. Focuses on mid- to long-term restoration of fiscal health.

Will maintain Abenomics for the time being. Questions the soundness of the government-controlled market.

Regional areas

Introduced the hometown tax donation system, promoted tourism and agricultural products exports.

Advocates a “digital garden city state concept.”

Advocates a decentralized economy led by domestic demand. Wants to reexamine the over-concentration of the nation’s activities and resources in Tokyo.

Diplomacy/Security

Wants to forge relations with neighboring countries on the axis of the Japan-U.S. alliance.

Wants to take the initiative in creating rules for nuclear disarmament and other global issues.

Regards discussions on the possession of the capability to strike enemy bases as a “logical leap.” Wants an equal Japan-U.S. alliance.

Governance/

Political style

Wants to eliminate the negative effects of bureaucratic sectionalism.

Values the ability to listen to the people. Prefers both top-down and bottom-up approaches.

Believes that the public’s “consent and empathy” is important in politics. Calls for examination of falsification of public documents. Wants a review of the Cabinet Bureau of Personnel Affairs’ appointment of bureaucrats.

Constitution

Says constitutional amendment is part of the LDP’s party platform and thinks it is important for political parties to express opinions in the Diet.

Respects the LDP’s  four-point plan on constitutional revisions, including the stipulation of the SDFs in Article 9.

Regards the draft constitutional revisions compiled by the LDP in 2012 as the only plan.

(Chart compiled based on their past remarks, etc.)

 

 

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