The new LDP president Fumio Kishida has promised to boost incomes and economically assist those affected by COVID-19, but a general election in November will indicate public approval of these policies and the potential longevity of his administration.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga apologized on Wednesday for his administration’s request to ask drinks wholesalers to stop supplying liquor to restaurants and bars that defied the ban on serving alcohol under the COVID-19 emergency state.
Governors in the capital region on Saturday urged the central government to declare another state of emergency following a record surge in COVID-19 cases. Economy minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters that the government needs to hear from experts before making a decision.
President-elect Joe Biden called for unity in his victory speech on Saturday night after winning more votes than any other candidate in American history. But Republican President Donald Trump refused to concede, vowing to take the election to the Supreme Court.