Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a congratulatory letter to Yoshihide Suga on his election as the head of the Japanese government. Suga was elected by the ruling conservative Liberal Democratic party after his predecessor, Shindzo Abe, resigned citing health reasons. In his letter, Orbán praised Hungarian-Japanese strategic cooperation and invited Suga to visit Budapest. Orbán said he was proud that “through years of work, our countries’ long-term friendship has developed into strategic cooperation which is comprehensive and successful.” He noted the celebrations of 150 years of diplomatic ties between Hungary and Japan, which he attended in person last October. The groundwork is laid for Hungarian-Japanese relations to develop further based on mutual respect and trust, Orbán said. “I am happy to work with a seasoned and capable leader who is also committed to conservative values,” Orbán wrote. Orbán invited Suga for an official visit to Hungary, saying he hoped to “welcome a Japanese prime minister to Hungary after a thirty-year hiatus”. He wished Japan success in hosting the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021, which had been postponed from this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.