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Japan after Abe

Still doing situps: Japan's PM starts first day with old ritual

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New Japanese leader Yoshihide Suga starts the day with his customary 40-minute walk, this time around the grounds of the prime minister's official residence.

TOKYO -- Yoshihide Suga stuck to his long-established routine on his first morning as Japan's new prime minister on Thursday: brisk exercise followed by breakfast and discussion with a private-sector expert.

Suga arrived at the prime minister's office a little before 7 a.m. and took a 40-minute walk within the compound -- part of the workout he has maintained for many years, along with 100 situps each morning and night.

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