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Here’s Who to Look Out for in the Race to Succeed Japan’s Abe

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Japan’s Suga Favorite to Succeed Abe as Prime Minister
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s surprise decision to resign last week has vaulted his long-time aide, Yoshihide Suga, to the top of a narrow list of contenders to succeed him.

The chief cabinet secretary must first overcome at least two party stalwarts in what’s expected to be a mid-September vote for control of the Liberal Democratic Party. The LDP’s power structures mean he likely won’t have to face a notable woman candidate such as former Internal Affairs Minister Seiko Noda, who has decided not to run.