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New leadership for Japan: Shinzo Abe’s legacy and what to expect from the new prime minister

Then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and then Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga talk at a plenary session of the parliament's Lower House in Tokyo in December, 2016. Japan's Parliament elected Suga as prime minister Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, replacing long-serving leader Abe with his right-hand man. (Kyodo News via AP)

Marcus Robertson, Nation & World Editor

September 20, 2020

For the first time in eight years, Japan has a new prime minister. Yoshihide Suga, the 71-year-old son of a farmer, was elected via an internal party vote to replace Shinzo Abe, who is the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s history. Abe served a brief stint in 2006 and 2007 before resigning due t...

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