Suga assesses his year at the helm

The tenure of Japan's Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is winding down. As he heads for the exit, Suga looked back on his year at the helm and reflected on his achievements and disappointments.

In the plus column, he cited his diplomatic successes. He boasted of helping to strengthen ties within the so-called Quad alliance with the US, Australia, and India.

He pointed to his leadership role in galvanizing international cooperation to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific.

On the other hand, Suga lamented his inability to bring home the Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

Suga said, "The abduction issue has been at the top of my political agenda and I have addressed it for years. But I must apologize as prime minister for not resolving the issue."

He said the duty must fall to his successor.

On Wednesday, his Liberal Democratic Party will choose a new leader, who will almost certainly step into his role as prime minister as well.