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Suga is fit to lead, but are voters ready to like him?

Japan's next prime minister is a deeply pragmatic, self-made man

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Suga unveils the new era name in April 2019, which earned him the nickname "Uncle Reiwa": his career shows a preference for offering concrete policy solutions to day-to-day problems.   © Reuters

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi professor and senior fellow in Japanese Studies at Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and professor of sociology, all at Stanford University.

When asked about his favorite historical figure at a recent Liberal Democratic Party presidential election debate, Yoshihide Suga picked Toyotomi Hidenaga, the younger brother of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's most iconic historical figures known for uniting the country in the 16th century.

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