September 24, 2023

Why Japan’s new prime minister won’t last — especially on North Korea issues

Yoshihide Suga may have big dreams for Japan-DPRK relations, but he won’t be able to pull them off all by himself

Despite former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation and Yoshihide Suga’s ascension to the country’s top job, the chances of Japan taking a bold stride in North Korea relations are still, frankly, zero.

Even Abe, with his impeccable conservative credentials, was unable to reach a realistic deal with North Korea. Suga looks like he won’t last more than a year or two in his job.