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Japan after Abe

No time to rest: Suga packs schedule on first weekend as Japan’s PM

Day starts with UN video and ends with two-hour gym session

Yoshihide Suga, seen here on Sept. 16, continues to make time for a daily walk even as prime minister.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, known for keeping busy weekends in his days as chief cabinet secretary, maintained a similar schedule at the start of his first weekend in office, attending a foreign policy meeting Saturday morning and wrapping up the day with time at the gym.

Suga appeared at the prime minister's office just after 9 a.m. After taking a half-hour walk on the grounds, he recorded a video message for the upcoming United Nations General Assembly -- which will largely be held remotely. He then met with senior foreign ministry officials, including Vice Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba, before taking working lunch at a hotel.

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