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Japan’s new Olympic chief

Japan yesterday appointed a new Olympics minister to replace a gaffe-prone politician forced to step down after the latest in a string of embarrassing missteps. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had reappointed the “experienced” Shunichi Suzuki, who had already served as Olympics minister between 2017-2018. Suzuki’s appointment came after his predecessor Yoshitaka Sakurada quit late Wednesday after he reportedly told a political gathering that securing the reelection of a local lawmaker was more important than recovery in the area hit by the quake-triggered tsunami and nuclear meltdown that claimed more than 18,000 lives.


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