Yoshihide Suga Becomes Japanese Prime Minister as Abe Era Ends

TOKYO—Yoshihide Suga was elected Japan’s first new prime minister in almost eight years, ushering in a rare period of political uncertainty as the country seeks to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, navigate rising U.S.-China tensions and prepare for the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

Mr. Suga, 71 years old, won a vote in Parliament that was largely a formality after he was selected to head the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Monday. Fewer than three weeks ago, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe abruptly said he would resign…

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