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Japan after Abe

Rookie 'Ganesha' lawmakers propelled Suga to become Japan's PM

Unaffiliated group of LDP politicians influenced ruling party's old ways

Yoshihide Suga pauses at his first news conference as Japan's prime minister on Sept. 16 in Tokyo. (Photo by Karina Nooka) 

TOKYO -- Yoshihide Suga, who belongs to neither a faction of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party nor a family of politicians, has become the country's 99th prime minister.

Suga is a unique Japanese leader in that most of the LDP prime ministers in recent years, including his predecessor, Shinzo Abe, were political heavyweights affiliated with a specific LDP faction. These still serve as important vehicles to distribute money and posts among its members.

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