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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[Prime Minister Suga's visit to Washington] is a precious opportunity to boost his credentials as an adept steward of the U.S.-Japan alliance, at a time when domestic political support for his administration has dwindled.