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PROFILE: Suga extends stint as longest-serving gov’t spokesman

  • October 2, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 06:26 p.m.
  • English Press

TOKYO – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has retained Yoshihide Suga as chief Cabinet secretary, extending his tenure as the longest-serving government spokesman.


Suga, 69, who assumed the post when Abe returned to office in 2012, has been the public face of the administration, while also playing a coordinating role behind the scenes to address discord within the ruling coalition.


Believing it is necessary to abolish factions within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Suga does not belong to any intraparty group, but he often meets with younger party lawmakers.


A native of Akita Prefecture, Suga worked as a secretary for a lawmaker for 11 years and served in the Yokohama city assembly before securing a House of Representatives seat in 1996.

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