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Abe's right-hand man wants a Japan less reliant on China

Chief cabinet secretary sees pandemic exposing limits of sectionalized bureaucracy

Yoshihide Suga is a leading candidate to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.(Photo by Kaori Yuzawa)

TOKYO -- The coronavirus pandemic has taught Japan a crucial lesson on the perils of relying too much on China for key supplies from masks to car parts, says Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

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