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How Abe's deputy Suga grew to power broker and possible successor

From strawberry fields to red-carpet treatment in Washington

Yoshihide Suga, the right-hand man of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes a walk in Tokyo. (Photo by Mamoru Yago)

NEW YORK -- Like John Lennon, who wrote the 1967 Beatles hit "Strawberry Fields Forever" about his childhood stamping grounds, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has strawberry fields in his past -- real ones.

In contrast to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who both come from prominent families with deep political ties, Suga is the son of a humble strawberry farmer. The prime minister's chief spokesman grew up in Japan's northeastern Akita Prefecture, where the snow can be so deep that just going outside is difficult.

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