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Japan after Abe

Japan's Suga puts regulatory reform at center of new government

Prime minister tasks Taro Kono as his point man for cutting red tape

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on Sept. 16. (Photo by Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that regulatory reform will be a top priority for his new government, while he focuses on tackling immediate problems facing the public, such as the coronavirus and the pandemic-induced recession.

Suga appointed Taro Kono as minister in charge of administrative reform, making him his point man for government and regulatory overhaul.

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