Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is regarded as the main candidate to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Thursday left open the possibility of an early snap election.
“It depends on the situation. We should think objectively about what the people want amid the coronavirus pandemic,” Suga said on television, referring to a snap election for the House of Representatives.
Suga had previously taken a negative stance toward a snap Lower House election, focusing on a response to the pandemic.
“As of this moment, the people want us to implement coronavirus measures at all costs,” he said.
Asked about the possibility of compiling a new supplementary budget to finance coronavirus measures, Suga only said, “We’ll do what we need to do while assessing the situation.”
On favoritism scandals involving school operators that had rocked the Abe administration, Suga said that it is important to reflect on matters that are deemed necessary from an objective viewpoint.