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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

What happened to Shinzō Abe? Who is Yoshihide Suga? Does Cappy have to do with it?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'll address all of those questions, but only answer some of them!

You may be paying attention to politics in the United States of America, as well as the many nasty things China is responsible for, but don't let that distract you from what's going on in other parts of Asia. Namely, Japan. I'll fill you in with information you could've gotten yourself with a quick search (or maybe you're here BECAUSE you did a quick search), PLUS exclusive information you won't find anywhere else.

What happened to Shinzō Abe?

Shinzō Abe has resigned as Japan's Prime Minister after being in power from 2006 to 2007, and then 2012 to...well, now. Note that 2006 to 2007 length—Japanese Prime Ministers are supposed to be in power for four years. However, Shinzō Abe resigned then, and has resigned now, due to health issues with lifelong ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease. That's a scary way of saying, “your bowels are inflamed with breaks in the intestines, and your immune system attacks your own body and food instead of malicious pathogens.” (Other autoimmune diseases include Celiac Disease, which I have. Obviously, if your body's disease-fighting system is busy attacking itself, instead of actual diseases, you're weaker for it. Bad during a pandemic.) It's usually not fatal, but it can be a very inconvenient condition for a world leader to have due to bloody symptoms that are gross to describe here. (You can bet I'm not including a picture of this in the article.)

Who is Yoshihide Suga?

Yoshihide Suga was Shinzō Abe's Chief Cabinet Secretary from 2012 to now. The Chief Cabinet Secretary, among other things, holds meetings with the media, as well as coordinates the other cabinet members/functions in the government. Shinzō Abe himself was a Chief Cabinet Secretary prior to becoming Prime Minister, so it's apparently a powerful position. (Note it's different than the Deputy Prime Minister, though that's even more useless than an American Vice President, since they don't get to automatically become Prime Minister if they're...out.)

Not much is actually known about Yoshihide Suga. He's portrayed by fans as the son of a farmer, which doesn't mean anything. He's also a hard worker, like... everyone else in Japan. Also like everyone in Japan, he has ties to the yakuza (Japanese equivalent to the mafia). Like Shinzō Abe, he's a right-winger who likes deregulation and is upset about slow government bureaucracy. His stances on foreign policy are a question mark, since Chief Cabinet Secretary is a domestic duty that doesn't do much with other countries.

That last bit is important, because Shinzō Abe was doing big things in foreign policy, namely trying to be President Donald John Trump's best friend for a close United States of America relationship, and trying to disassociate from China. That last bit includes incentivising businesses to specifically move manufacturing operations out of China, as well as expanding what self-defence means for the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

Does Cappy have to do with it?

Well... that's unclear. Yes and no. Let's talk about together.

Shinzō Abe Mario hat clothes Cappy Rio 2016 closing ceremony Olympics warp pipe
Will the curse of Cappy be passed on from one Japanese Prime Minister to the next?

We've first seen Cappy take over Shinzō Abe's body during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Long before anyone knew the name Cappy, KoopaTV wrote about what happened in great detail. A year later, we learned who Cappy and his Bonneter race was, and we wrote about that incident again with this additional context.

That last article poised the idea that Cappy had continued influence over Shinzō Abe after the Rio 2016 incident, by providing the idea that Cappy was blackmailing the Prime Minister into doing all kinds of scandals and bad decisions, resulting in poor poll numbers. Well, if you look into those scandals at the time (political favours for friends), they were orchestrated by none other than Yoshihide Suga.

As for ulcerative colitis, while Cappy couldn't have caused it by the timeline, there's probably a connection between Cappy's ability to forcibly take over your body, and autoimmune diseases that feature your immune system attacking your own body. It certainly could not have helped Shinzō Abe's medical health to undergo that. I'd say it accelerated the resurgence of his symptoms.

Koopa Kingdom declared, in 2019, our intention to enter the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and eliminate Cappy once and for all. ...And then the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been delayed to at least 2021, thanks to the Chinese Communist Party Virus. Is China running cover for Cappy, or is it simply a coincidence? Note that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would have already happened by now, while Shinzō Abe was Prime Minister. Does Cappy have blackmail or direct control over the new Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga, continuing off Cappy's control over Shinzō Abe? Or did Cappy and the Chinese Communist Party collaborate to allow Cappy to make a getaway? WHAT WILL THE FATE BE OF JAPAN?

Ludwig definitely will want to investigate any possible ties between Cappy and the Chinese Communist Party for the future, so he'll be keeping a close eye on Yoshihide Suga for Cappy or Mario hints. This isn't including how the Chinese Communist Party Virus effectively halted Nintendo Labo distribution, with Cappy being an ally of the Labo.

Despite no longer being Prime Minister and being of poor health, apparently Shinzō Abe is a nefarious mastermind with regards to the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
A year later, Yoshihide Suga is done. And Ludwig tries to answer the questions posed in this article.
Shinzō Abe was assassinated and died on July 8, 2022.


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