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PM Suga taps former science and technology minister Tanahashi to succeed Okonogi

  • June 25, 2021
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NHK reported at noon that Prime Minister Suga told the press today that he will appoint LDP lawmaker and former minister of state for science and technology policy Tanahashi Yasufumi as successor to National Public Safety Commission Chairman Okonogi, who submitted his resignation to run in the Yokohama mayoral race in August. Suga reportedly said: “He contributed as the minister in charge of science and technology and food security. He is now working hard on digitization and deregulation as the head of the LDP’s Administration Reform Promotion Headquarters. I value his experience.” Tanahashi reportedly told the press after meeting with the premier at the Kantei this morning that he will do everything to the best of his ability, including drawing up security plans for the Olympics and disaster prevention measures.

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