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Deputy PM Aso, CCS Kato listed first and second in line to serve as acting prime minister

  • September 18, 2020
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato explained on Sept. 17 that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso is ranked first in the hierarchy to serve as the acting prime minister in the event that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga becomes unable to perform his duties due to official overseas travel or a health problem. Kato is listed second in the hierarchy. Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi is third in line, followed by Minister for administrative reform as well as regulatory reform Taro Kono and Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Seiko Hashimoto. The hierarchy was designated by Prime Minister Suga when his first cabinet meeting was convened on Sept. 16.

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