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Suga takes the reins as Japan’s new prime minister, replacing Abe

Suga takes the reins as Japan’s new prime minister, replacing Abe

Yoshihide Suga became the country’s 99th Prime Minister on Wednesday, putting an end to the administration led by his predecessor Shinzo Abe — the longest in modern Japanese history — and marking the beginning of a new era shaped by a host of daunting political, economic and societal challenges.Bathed in camera flashes and surrounded by fellow lawmakers giving him a thundering ovation, Suga — appearing as if he were stifling a smile — stood up from his seat and bowed five times after he secured enough votes in a ballot to nominate the prime minister in the Lower House. After he earned the...

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Japan's next leader: How Yoshihide Suga beat the odds to succeed Shinzo Abe

Japan's next leader: How Yoshihide Suga beat the odds to succeed Shinzo Abe

The faithful lieutenant has — against initial expectations — taken a major step toward the pinnacle of his political career.Yoshihide Suga, the chief Cabinet secretary, won by a landslide in the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election Monday, becoming the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Suga is expected to take the helm at a critical moment when the country has been hit by a pandemic and economic slump and is grappling with national security issues.Of 534 votes — 393 LDP lawmakers and 141 party representatives from across the country — Suga won by a wide margin,...

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Sep 14
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Top Tokyo prosecutor with close ties to Abe resigns after gambling exposé | The Japan Times

Top Tokyo prosecutor with close ties to Abe resigns after gambling exposé | The Japan Times

The head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office, who has been the focus of intense scrutiny over his close relationship with the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, submitted his resignation Thursday following a report that he had participated in a game of mahjong while gambling with newspaper employees.Hiromu Kurokawa, 63, bet money while playing the game with two reporters from the right-leaning Sankei newspaper and one former reporter with the left-leaning Asahi newspaper for several hours on May 1 and 13, according to a report in the Shukan Bunshun magazine published...

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