Tokyo: Shinzo Abe, who is the longest-time PM of Japan is suffering from a stomach ailment, has resigned. His term on the post of PM was until September 2021. After Abe's resignation, the race for the new PM of Japan has started. Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has also been present in this race. To become PM, any leader must first become the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). It is being said that elections can be held on 15 September.
Yoshihide Suga: The chief spokesperson of the government, Yoshihide Suga, has told LDP General Secretary Toshiro about his willingness to contest for the leadership of the party. Some senior members of the party have also increased Suga for crisis management capabilities. Yoshihide Suga is said to be one of the PM's closest allies. Since assuming power in 2012, Shinzo Abe has started serving as the government's top spokesperson.
Shigeru Ishiba: Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba's name is being called the frontrunner in PM's race. Ishiba has defeated Shinzo Abe in the first round of the election for the post of party president in the year 2012, in which voting takes place on grassroots, but he has lost only in the second round of MPs voting. Not only this, in the year 2018 Ishiba had to face a severe defeat at the hands of Abe.