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Taro Kono, a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and currently the minister in charge of vaccinations, delivers a speech in Tokyo on Sept. 17. Yoshikazu Tsuno/AP hide caption

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga bows during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Friday, following his announcement that he will not seek reelection for Liberal Democratic Party leadership this month. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Japan's Leader Will Step Down, Damaged By Criticism Of His COVID Response

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Yoshihide Suga receives applause Wednesday after being elected as Japan's new prime minister at Parliament's lower house in Tokyo. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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Yoshihide Suga Becomes Japan's Prime Minister, Pledging To Follow Abe's Course

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