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Foreign journalists interested in Suga’s foreign policy 

  • September 12, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Saturday’s Yomiuri wrote that former LDP Secretary General Ishiba, who is running in the LDP presidential election, expressed his views on a wide range of domestic and international issues before about 60 Japanese and foreign journalists at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Friday. However, the paper observed that the journalists appeared dissatisfied because the participation of the other two candidates—Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga and LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Kishida—was not realized. The paper speculated that the journalists were especially interested in hearing Suga’s views on foreign affairs and security policy because although Suga has stressed that he will uphold Prime Minister Abe’s policy of conducting diplomacy based on the U.S.-Japan alliance, his ability to deal with foreign affairs is unknown compared with Kishida, who served as foreign minister for four years and seven months, and Ishiba, who is well versed in national security issues. Noting that Abe has been a strong presence in the international community by advocating the vision of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” and establishing a good personal relationship with President Trump, the paper speculated that his successor will face difficult challenges as the leader of Japan.  

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