Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga survived a vote of no confidence organized by the opposition, accusing him of mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic and unswervingly insisting on hosting the Olympics.
With a majority of votes from his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the smaller coalition partner Komeito, the lower house of parliament voted against the opposition’s motion of no confidence.
For a long time, the opposition has criticized Suga Yoshihide’s way of managing the epidemic, and he is also dissatisfied with his insistence on holding the Olympic Games. The opposition wanted to continue discussions on these issues, but was denied a request to extend the parliamentary session. The government rejected this request on unnecessary grounds.
The Olympics are about to start in more than a month, and Tokyo is in a state of emergency because of the pandemic. All public opinion polls show that most Japanese believe that the Olympics should be postponed again or cancelled altogether.
Yoshihide Suga’s term as party leader and prime minister will end on September 30, and elections to the House of Commons should be held on October 21 at the latest. Analysts believe that they are most likely to wait until the end of the Tokyo Olympics before holding elections.