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Japan's new PM leaves mark with push for reform

Suga's new administrative reform minister is expected to unclog inefficiencies in govt

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has been quick to leave his mark on his leadership, vowing to push through reforms to unclog the government's notorious inefficiencies even as he pursues the bulk of policies started by his predecessor, Mr Shinzo Abe.

The emphasis on reform was highlighted by Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato yesterday, who said one of the new government's priorities was to "do away with sectionalism in government agencies and eliminate following precedents for their own sake".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2020, with the headline Japan's new PM leaves mark with push for reform. Subscribe