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Abe's right-hand man plans US visit on North Korean abductions

Suga to play high-profile role after unveiling of era name that went viral

Images of Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga unveiling the name of Japan's new Imperial era on April 1 spread quickly online.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's right-hand man is planning a rare overseas trip to the U.S. to raise awareness about Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago as part of his growing public portfolio.

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary and minister in charge of the abduction issue, looks to outline the history and recent developments involving the abductions at a United Nations meeting in New York. Suga will make the trip soon after the 10-day holiday in May, pending approval by parliament.

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