Chronology of events related to Japan PM Suga’s Cabinet
Written by tokyoclub on September 3, 2021
The following is a chronology of major events related to the Cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga who announced his intention Friday not to run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election.
Sept. 16, 2020 — Suga becomes Japan’s prime minister, forms Cabinet.
Dec. 14 — Suga announces suspension of “Go To Travel” subsidy program nationwide due to spread of COVID-19.
Jan. 8, 2021 — Japan’s second state of emergency over COVID-19 takes effect in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
Feb. 3 — Weekly magazine reports wining and dining scandal involving satellite broadcaster where Suga’s son works.
Feb. 3 — Ex-LDP member Anri Kawai resigns as lawmaker over vote-buying in 2019 upper house election.
Feb. 17 — COVID-19 vaccinations begin in Japan.
April 1 — Former Justice Minister Katsuyuki Kawai steps down as lawmaker over vote buying scandal involving his wife, Anri Kawai.
April 25 — Third state of emergency in Tokyo and three western prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo, takes effect.
April 25 — Suga’s Liberal Democratic Party suffers losses in parliamentary elections in Hokkaido, Nagano and Hiroshima constituencies.
June 3 — Ex-industry minister Isshu Sugawara resigns as lawmaker over money and gift scandal.
July 4 — LDP and Komeito fail to secure majority in Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.
July 12 — Fourth state of emergency takes effect in Tokyo.
July 23 — Tokyo Olympics begin.
Aug. 13 — Japan’s daily coronavirus infections top record 20,000.
Aug. 22 — Candidate backed by Suga loses in Yokohama mayoral election.
Aug. 24 — Tokyo Paralympics begin.
Aug. 26 — LDP presidential election set for Sept. 29, ex-Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces candidacy.
Sept. 1 — Suga denies plan to dissolve lower house soon for general election.
Sept. 3 — Suga announces intention not to run in LDP presidential election.
Sept. 30 — Suga’s term as LDP president expires.
Oct. 21 — Term of House of Representatives members expires.