Japan's new leader Yoshihide Suga will continue Abe's legacy, RISS expert Julia Kryachkina points out. She recalled that Suga had become prime minister of Japan after Shinzo Abe’s cabinet formally had resigned.
"The new composition of Japan’s cabinet has already been announced. Key ministers retained their posts when the new prime minister picked his cabinet: Taro Aso, Finance Minister, Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Hiroshi Kajiyama, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, has become Japanese Defense Minister. This shows that Sugo will continue Abe's legacy," Kryachkina underscored.
Some experts consider Suga a temporary leader who will later hand over leadership to a more charismatic and ambitious person. However, Suga has become the politician who was able to unite different factional groups within the Liberal Democratic Party. Japan will hold parliamentary elections in a year. Perhaps Suga will manage to build up political capital during the remaining time. "Suga will have to prove himself as a strong person who can lead the party. The question is whether he can do it or not," RISS expert concluded.