Japan PM Suga regrets opposition win in Yokohama mayor election
Written by tokyoclub on August 23, 2021
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday he regrets the defeat of his close aide Hachiro Okonogi in the previous day’s Yokohama mayoral election.
Suga backed the former public safety chief, who got support from some members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in the Sunday election but opposition-backed Takeharu Yamanaka won the race to take charge of the port city near Tokyo.
While the election highlighted falling support for Suga’s government amid public frustration over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, Suga reiterated his intention to seek reelection as LDP president.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to reporters at his office in Tokyo on Aug. 23, 2021. (Kyodo)