That was a very big mistake. He should have kept everyone guessing. Now he seems to be losing influence much faster than we would have thought.
It really doesn't make sense for Japan to keep giving the aid because China's economic development has been remarkable. But this may give the impression that Japan is taking a more decisive stance against China.
It's a little bit surprising. The party has shifted very quickly away from someone who is very experienced toward someone who is young and can show future potential.