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Yoshihide Suga is applauded after being elected as Japan's new prime minister at parliament's lower house in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Suga was formally elected Wednesday as Japan’s new prime minister in a parliamentary vote, replacing Shinzo Abe. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Yoshihide Suga named Japan's prime minister, succeeding Abe

Sep. 16, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga bowed deeply several times when the results were announced, as fellow governing party lawmakers applauded in parliament's more powerful lower house. He...

Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center in front row, poses for a group photo with his cabinet members following the first Cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. Japan's Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man.(Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

New Japanese Cabinet retains most key ministers

Sep. 16, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, elected by parliament on Wednesday after pledging to pursue his predecessor Shinzo Abe's policies, formed a 20-member Cabinet that retains many previous ministers. Here are some key appointees: ___ DEFENSE MINISTER: Nobuo Kishi (new) — Former...

Newly elected head of Liberal Democratic Party Yoshihide Suga poses for photos following his  press conference at its headquarters after the party's leadership election in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week. (Nicolas Datiche/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan PM Abe, Cabinet set to resign ahead of new leadership

Sep. 15, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet are set to resign Wednesday morning, clearing the way for his successor to take over after parliamentary confirmation later in the day. Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, announced last month that he was stepping down...

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Suga, a longtime loyal assistant and the public face of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in daily media briefings, has emerged as a favorite to succeed him in an upcoming internal party vote. Suga formally announced his candidacy Wednesday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Abe's assistant and spokesman seen as favorite successor

Sep. 2, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, a longtime loyal assistant and the public face of outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in daily media briefings, has emerged as a favorite to succeed him in an upcoming internal party vote. Suga formally announced his candidacy Wednesday, pledging...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center right, arrives at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Prime Minister Abe on Monday became Japan's longest-serving leader in terms of consecutive days in office, but there was little fanfare, as he visited a hospital for another health checkup amid concerns about his health.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japan's PM sets mark for days in office amid health concerns

Aug. 24, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday became Japan's longest-serving leader in terms of consecutive days in office, but there was little fanfare, as he visited a hospital for another checkup amid concerns about his health. Abe marked his 2,799th consecutive day in office since returning to...