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Japan after Abe

Who is Yoshihide Suga?

Iron-willed spokesman endures harsh winters and situps but has weakness for pancakes

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga walks in the morning. (2018 file photo by Mamoru Yago)

This is a story from the archives, published in the Jan. 27, 2019, edition of The Nikkei.

TOKYO -- Yoshihide Suga's day begins by reading all major newspapers and then doing 100 situps. When he finishes, he goes out on a 40-minute morning walk. He is already in his work mode at this point, so he is clad in a business suit. He never misses the walk even on a rainy day.

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