Japan’s Suga Says Coronavirus Will Take Priority In Deciding On Snap Election

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The winner is virtually assured of becoming premier because of the LDP’s parliamentary majority.</p><p>Markets have been rife with speculation that if elected, Suga might call a snap election to solidify his political grip.. He signalled in an Asahi Shimbun interview that there was a chance of calling snap elections but cautioned that the coronavirus would impact any such decision.</p><figure class=”article-mad” id=”5/19″><div id=’NW18_ENG_Desktop/NW18_ENG_India/NW18_ENG_India_AS/NW18_ENG_IND_AS_ROS_BTF_728’ > <script> googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display(‘NW18_ENG_Desktop/NW18_ENG_India/NW18_ENG_India_AS/NW18_ENG_IND_AS_ROS_BTF_728′); }); </script> </div></figure><p>That speculation got a boost after opinion polls showed a jump in voter approval of Suga and of Abe’s achievements.</p><p>The LDP leadership race among Suga and two rivals – former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba and ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida – kicked off formally on Tuesday.</p><p>But Suga, chief cabinet secretary since December 2012, has already locked in support from most of the party’s factions.</p><p>In his first campaign speech, earlier on Tuesday, Suga, 71, said he would pursue his boss’s signature “Abenomics” policies of hyper-easy monetary policy and government spending while grappling with the twin challenges of a coronavirus outbreak and reviving the virus-hit economy.</p><figure class=”article-mad” id=”9/19″><div id=’inArticleDiveId_9′ class=’lazyAds’> <script> $(document).scroll(function(){ if($(‘#inArticleDiveId_9’).length > 0 && !$(‘#inArticleDiveId_9’).hasClass(‘already_loaded’)){ var myElement = document.getElementById(‘inArticleDiveId_9’); if(StreamAdisInViewport(myElement, .5) || StreamAdisInViewport(myElement, 1)){ $(‘#inArticleDiveId_9’).addClass(‘already_loaded’); googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.pubads().updateCorrelator(); gptadslots.push(googletag.defineSlot(‘/1039154/NW18_ENG_Desktop/NW18_ENG_India/NW18_ENG_India_AS/NW18_ENG_IND_AS_ROS_BTF_728’, [[728, 90]], ‘inArticleDiveId_9’).addService(googletag.pubads()).setCollapseEmptyDiv(true, true)); googletag.display(‘inArticleDiveId_9′); }); } } }); </script> </div></figure><p>“We must first overcome this (pandemic) crisis, and then want to achieve strong economic growth by carrying out intensive reform and necessary investment to aim for new targets such as digitalization and supply chains,” Suga said, adding he wants to break down bureaucratic barriers to reforms.</p><p>Japan’s economy sank deeper into its worst postwar contraction in the second quarter as the coronavirus jolted businesses more than initially thought, data showed on Tuesday.</p><p>“The key in this ruling party election is how to revive an economy that suffered its biggest postwar slump,” Suga said.</p><p>“That’s the responsibility for someone who will lead the country.”</p><figure class=”article-mad” id=”13/19″><div id=’inArticleDiveId_13′ class=’lazyAds’> <script> $(document).scroll(function(){ if($(‘#inArticleDiveId_13’).length > 0 && !$(‘#inArticleDiveId_13’).hasClass(‘already_loaded’)){ var myElement = document.getElementById(‘inArticleDiveId_13’); if(StreamAdisInViewport(myElement, .5) || StreamAdisInViewport(myElement, 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saying only he wanted to pursue “constructive debate” that went beyond the ruling-opposition parties’ divide.</p><p>(Additional reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto, Antoni Slodkowski, Ju-min Park and Elaine Lies; Editing by Stephen Coates, Gerry Doyle & Shri Navaratnam)</p><p><i>Disclaimer: This post has been auto-published from an agency feed without any modifications to the text and has not been reviewed by an editor</i></p> </article> <div class=”queryvideo” style=”display:none;”>Array<br /> (<br /> )<br /> </div> <div id=”web920x130_ros”></div> <div class=”article-share” style=”border-top: 1px dotted #939393;padding: 10px 0; margin-top: 15px;”> </div> <ul class=”tags-bnow” style=”border-top:none; padding:0px;”> <li><strong>Tags:</strong> <a href=”https://www.news18.com/newstopics/.html” title=”” class=”bpnon”></a></li> <li><strong>First Published:</strong> September 8, 2020, 2:00 PM IST</li> </ul> <div class=”OUTBRAIN” 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