Shinzo Abe

Map of Japan

Provides an overview of Japan, including key events and facts about this earthquake-prone country on the western rim of the Pacific.

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Yoshihide Suga to succeed Japan's ailing PM Shinzo Abe

Yoshihide Suga wins election to succeed long-serving PM Shinzo Abe
Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has elected Yoshihide Suga as its new leader to succeed Shinzo Abe, meaning he is almost certain to become the country's next prime minister.

Last month Mr Abe announced his resignation due to health reasons. Mr Suga, 71, served as Chief Cabinet Secretary and was considered Mr Abe's right hand man. BBC correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.

(Photo: Yoshihide Suga gestures as he is elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership election in TokyoCredit: Reuters
People watch a broadcast of Shinzo Abe's resignation announcement in Tokyo, Japan (28 August 2020)

Dr John Nilsson-Wright

Chatham House & University of Cambridge

Commentators are divided on the achievements of Japan's longest serving post-war prime minister.

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