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Support for Kishida’s government has plummeted to below 30%. Next year will be no easier with local elections scheduled in April and big issues on the table such as mounting security challenges, a declining birth rate, and overcoming obstacles to economic reform.
In his parliamentary speech in October, Kishida presented his plan to revive the Japanese economy, including a pledge to increase international tourist spending beyond the pre-pandemic high in 2019.
Joe Biden will host prime ministers of India, Japan, and Australia at the White House for the first Quad summit. Covid-19, climate change, and China are expected among the key issues at the meeting.
With a weakened opposition, the Liberal Democratic Party would still be favored to retain power in the Diet after the general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain Japan’s prime minister.
With his popularity in freefall, Yoshihide Suga has said he will not enter a race for party leadership key to determining Japan's next prime minister. Markets have responded positively to the prospect of a new leader.