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Japan's Suga must unite the nation to beat COVID-19 crisis

Fading influence of factions may signal change in ruling LDP

Liberal Democratic Party chief Yoshihide Suga, center, poses with senior party officials at a meeting of the LDP's General Council in Tokyo on Sept. 15. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

Japan's longest-serving chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, was elected in parliament Wednesday as the 99th prime minister. It is the country's first leadership change since December 2012, or in about seven years and eight months.

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