Suga, Yoshihide

Suga, Yoshihide,

1948—, Japanese political leader. A member of the Liberal Democratic partyLiberal Democratic party
(LDP), Japanese political party. It began as the conservative Liberal party, which, under Shigeru Yoshida, became the dominant political force in Japan following World War II. In 1955 the Liberals merged with the newly created Democratic party.
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, he was first elected to the Japanese house of representatives in 1996, having served (from 1987) two terms in Yokohoma's city council. He became (2005) senior vice minister for internal affairs and communications under Prime Minister KoizumiKoizumi, Junichiro
, 1942–, Japanese political leader, b. Yokosuka. From a political family, he studied economics at Keio Univ. (grad. 1967). He entered politics in 1970 as a member of the Liberal Democratic party (LDP), and two years later was elected to the Diet.
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, then was (2006–7) minister for internal affairs and communications, minister for privatization of the postal services, and minister of state for decentralization reform during Shinzo AbeAbe, Shinzo
, 1954–, Japanese political leader. The son and grandson of politicians (his grandfather was Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi), he served as secretary to his father and succeeded to his father's seat in the Diet in 1993.
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's first prime ministership. When Abe became prime minister again in 2012, he named Suga his chief cabinet secretary; Suga also served as minister in charge of strengthening national security (2012–14) and minister in charge of alleviating the burden of the bases in Okinawa (2014–2020). Suga, noted for his skill in working behind the scenes, was an important ally in Abe's attempts to revive Japan's economy and to reduce limitations on its military. In 2020, when Abe stepped down for health reasons, Suga succeeded him as LDP leader and prime minister, promising continuity with his predecessor's policies.
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