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Japan after Abe

Japan's Suga leans on contacts with reformers and CEOs

PM hopeful mixes with Goldman former analyst, Suntory chief and US ambassadors

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's PM in waiting, will look to advisors ranging from former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, to Suntory CEO Takeshi Niinami, left, to ex-Goldman Sachs analyst David Atkinson. (Nikkei Montage/Source photos by Manami Yamada and AP) 

TOKYO -- Yoshihide Suga, the newly elected president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, will tap his extensive web of advisers as he takes over as prime minister from longtime leader Shinzo Abe.

Suga is all but assured to be chosen as the next prime minister at an extraordinary session of parliament convening Wednesday. His extensive network of contacts is drawing attention as a guide to the new administration's domestic and diplomatic policies as well as to his economic management.

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