Who is Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s next prime minister?

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga gestures as he is elected as new head of the ruling party at the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leadership election in Tokyo | Credit: Kyodo

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party has elected Yoshihide Suga to succeed Shinzo Abe as prime minister, following a parliamentary vote on Wednesday. Brookings Senior Fellow Mireya Solís describes Suga’s humble beginnings and political career, and the numerous domestic and foreign policy challenges awaiting him as he steps into office.

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