FOCUS: Suga's Diplomatic Skills to Be Tested in U.S. Visit


Tokyo, May 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who has emerged as a candidate for prime minister, will see his diplomatic skills tested in his four-day U.S. visit from Thursday.

In the United States, Suga is set to hold talks with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials of the administration of President Donald Trump.

Through the meetings, Suga is expected to confirm bilateral cooperation to resolve the issue of North Korea's abductions of Japanese nationals and reduce Okinawa Prefecture's burden of hosting many U.S. military bases.

Suga has not shown any intention to run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's next leadership election to pick the successor to President Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister.

But Suga is now considered a major post-Abe candidate as his name recognition has increased as the official who announced the new era name, Reiwa, at a widely televised news conference April 1.

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