Japan to get new prime minister on Oct 4; general election seen in November


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So these are our choices? The three stooges?

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What a waste of money.

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I will miss strong man Suga. They speak nice but they cannot control LDP.

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*To hold the election before the members' terms end on Oct 21, campaigning needs to start on Oct 5 for voting on Oct 17 at the latest. But given the new prime minister needs to appoint cabinet members and is likely to deliver a policy speech, Japan is certain not to meet those schedules.*

I guess you mean the factions have still not yet decided on who sits on what musical chair?

The race is between vaccination minister Taro Kono, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, former communications minister Sanae Takaichi and the LDP's executive acting secretary general Seiko Noda.

I guess you mean between a horse, a donkey and two dwarf poneys?

Although whether to make a policy speech and hold a question and answer session with opposition parties is up to the new premier, all four have suggested they would do so.

"Suggested" only? No "commitment"? See next point below.

The decision by the cabinet to convene the Diet for the vote comes after the government had put off calls in July by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan and three other opposition parties to hold an extraordinary session to discuss the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Priorities, eh?

As one of his last missions during his tenure, the Japanese government said Tuesday that Suga will visit the United States from Thursday through Sunday to attend the first in-person Quad summit.

The Quad will be delighted to entertain a future ex-nobody...

Its members -- the United States, Japan, Australia and India -- are expected to discuss their ties to counter China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

...with Suga serving dishes and filling glasses. (still beats working in a convenient store...)

Japan's top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, told a press conference a bilateral meeting between Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden is being arranged.

Will Joe need room-service as well? Suga is going to be busy. No time for squats, I guess...Anyway, I'm sure Suga knows a few strawberry-based recipes that Joe may appreciate.

Kyodo must be starting to give in to despair...

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They will get another dinosaur

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Aso controlling everything, he has his hands on it all.

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lol ‘strong man suga’

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Three unwise politicians…

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The Quad summit should be postponed until Japan has its new prime minister. Suga should stay out of it. That's the right thing to do, but that doesn't seem to happen much in Japanese politics.

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Wake me up when it's all done, then again nah don't bother

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I will be sad to see you go mr.suga

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People still fail to realize that the Olympics was the downfall of Mr.Suga! His mind was so preoccupied with it that he made blunder after blunder from late June to September ( G7 summit isolation, Hiroshima speech mishap, being bullied by Bash, no motivation when giving public speech about Covid-19 measures )! Mr.Bash seemed to openly undermine Mr.Suga and made him look weaker. I remember Bash saying at one point that even if the Japanese people don’t want the Olympics we will still have it and Suga didn’t stand up to him. To some level I feel sad because I was rooting for Mr.Suga to become one of the best PM in Japan since he didn’t come from a political family background ( his parents were farmers if I’m not mistaken ). Just imagine if he had stood up to IOC and said that the safety of Japanese people is paramount and hence Japan can’t hold the Olympics! But in the end he didn’t have to spine to make a stand.

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Tweedledee. Tweedledum. Excepting Ms. Noda.

As for Suga. He was supposed to keep the throne warm, not usurp it.

Japan, the politics of the 1950s with upgrades, is hardly sufficient to undertake and successfully forge a sustainable state that will flourish in the 21st century. Abe, Suga, even their inheritors such as Kono or Kishida, let alone the fascist leaning Takaichi, who is a throwback to the 1930s - all are incapable of actually grasping the task ahead and the means to create a viable state that addresses the future and is myriad challenges. Which is not about Empire or the Nikkei. Essentially, the future is about ecology and adverse impacts wedded to the environment, which requires radical change and indeed a change in consciousness. Not necessarily a technocratic fix - but, a mix and retention of the traditional and customary and applicable advances in science & technology - which is NOT the future charted out by Musk, Gates, Zuckerberg, Page, Brin and other technofascists. But, one that tends towards the organic - the only politico close is Noda - and she far from ideal.

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Excellent!!! Just before Halloween!!!

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3 men. So upsetting. The Outrage.

People on here need at least 1 woman in the picture otherwise Japan is a terrible bad country.

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jiji club.

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leave me out of it thanx (^_-)

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More of the same then...

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Maybe it wouldn't hurt them to get some advice on how to perform in the media. Body language and all that... Because the photo itself says a lot.

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jurassic park.like in soviet times in eighties.

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Robert CikkiToday  12:18 pm JST

Maybe it wouldn't hurt them to get some advice on how to perform in the media. Body language and all that... Because the photo itself says a lot.

It seems to be the done thing either before or after these kinds of meetings for the attendees to all sit in their chairs for the cameras like waxworks with leaden expressions on their faces. They do the same thing in Japanese courts for the TV news.

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