Here is a look at the life of former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Date of Birth: December 6, 1948
place of birth: Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, Japan
dad: Wasaburo Soga, a strawberry farmer
the mother: Tatsuo Soga, teacher
marriage: Mariko Suga
Children: 3 sons
education: Al-Husseini University, Bachelor of Laws, 1973
Suga is the longest serving cabinet secretary in Japanese history.
Suga is a teetotaler.
1975 – He accepts a job as the secretary of Hikosaburo Okonogi, a member of the House of Representatives from Yokohama.
April 1987-1996 – Yokohama City Council member.
1996 – Wins a seat in the lower house of parliament, representing Kanagawa 2nd District.
2001 – Deputy Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party.
2002 – Parliamentary Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
2003 – Parliamentary Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
2004 – Vice Chairman of the Diet Committee of the Liberal Democratic Party.
November 2005 – Appointed First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
2006-2007 – Appointed Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications and Minister of Postal Service Privatization in Shinzo Abe’s first government.
December 2006-2007 – The Minister of State for Decentralization Reform is added to his portfolio.
August 2007 – Suga was replaced as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Minister of Postal Service Privatization and Minister of State for Decentralization Reform by Hiroya Masuda in a cabinet reshuffle.
2007 – Director General, Election Strategy Committee, Liberal Democratic Party.
2010 – Director of the Rules and Administration Committee, Human Resources.
October 2011 – Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party Organization and Campaign Headquarters.
September 2012 – Acting Executive Secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party.
December 2012 – Chief Cabinet Secretary Minister responsible for promoting national security.
September 2014 – The additional title of Cabinet Secretary is conferred upon the Minister in charge of base burden relief in Okinawa.
October 2018 – He was appointed Minister in charge of the kidnapping case, charged with investigating the kidnapping of citizens by North Korea during the 1970s and 1980s.
2018 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Tokyo and meets Suga.
April 1, 2019 – Suga proclaimed the era name of New Japan Emperor Naruhito, Reiwa or “Beautiful Harmony”, gaining worldwide fame and earning the nickname “Uncle Reiwa”.
May 2019 – He travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials.
September 14, 2020 – Longing was voted as the new leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, winning around 70% of the vote and paving the way to becoming prime minister in a parliamentary vote later in the week.
September 16, 2020 – Suga is formally voted in by Parliament and sworn in by Naruhito in the Imperial Palace as the new Prime Minister of Japan.
April 16, 2021 – US President Joe Biden hosts Suga at the White House. Suga is the first foreign leader to visit the United States since President Biden took office.
September 3, 2021 – He announced that he would not stand in the upcoming election for the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party, effectively relinquishing the premiership and opening the race to other candidates after a period of less than a year.
October 4, 2021 – Fumio Kishida takes over as the new Prime Minister.