Yoshihide Suga sworn in as new Japan Prime Minister
Tokyo [Japan], September 16: Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday took charge as the new Prime Minister of Japan and formed a cabinet of familiar faces.
Japan Health Minister Katsunobu Kato was chosen to succeed Yoshihide Suga as Chief Cabinet Secretary, a key post that serves as both a policy coordinator and the government's top spokesman.
Meanwhile, Nobuo Kishi, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's younger brother and a former senior vice foreign minister was named defence minister in his first Cabinet post, Kyodo News reported.
Kishi's predecessor in the defence post, Taro Kono, was tapped for Minister-in-charge of administrative reform, an area Suga has promised to focus on to reduce bureaucratic sectionalism.
Abe's Cabinet resigned en masse Wednesday morning, drawing an end to the premier's record-long tenure of seven years and eight months. Abe announced his resignation last month due to ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease which earlier forced him to resign from the post of the premiership in 2007.
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