The new Prime Minister of Japan – Yoshihide Suga holds a 2nd Dan in Goju Ryu Karate.
The 99th PM of the Asian country was the vice-captain of the Goju-ryu Karatedo Club when he was a student at Hosei University.
Speaking to the All Japan Karate-do Federation in 2014 for its magazine, Mr. SUGA said, “The things I developed through karate-do have served me well after I entered politics. I am keenly aware that the mental strength to endure difficulties was forged in the karate-do club.”
In addition, he became the President of the Parliamentary Federation for the Promotion of Karate-do, which was established in June 2014.
At that time, karate was aiming to adopt the official event of the Tokyo Olympics, and despite the position of a member of the Diet, it has contributed to the spread of karate competition.