End of a political era in Japan

Japan PM candidate Yoshihide Suga: From strawberry farm to cusp of nation's top job

Abe’s trusted right-hand man, ‘Suga-chan’, says he’s an ordinary person who entered politics with no local connections or blood ties.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on Sept 8 after officially kicking off his campaign rally for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on Sept 8 after officially kicking off his campaign rally for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election.PHOTO: REUTERS

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, known affectionately as "Suga-chan" to his close friends, has risen from the strawberry fields of wintry Akita prefecture to be on the cusp of the pinnacle of Japanese politics.

He was born on Dec 6, 1948 in the town of Ogachi (now part of Yuzawa city, which is not to be confused with the more well-known Yuzawa ski resort town in Niigata) in mountainous Akita, the north-east region from where the dog breed of the same name originated.

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