URGENT: Suga most popular pick to be Japan's next PM in Kyodo News poll

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is the most popular choice to be Japan’s next prime minister, overtaking former defense chief Shigeru Ishiba who has often topped opinion polls, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday.Suga, who has already secured the overwhelming support of Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers for its presidential election next week, had the backing of 50.2 percent, followed by Ishiba, one of the two other contenders in the race who has been a rare critic of Abe’s administration, at 30.9 percent.The two-day survey from Tuesday showed support for the third candidate, LDP poli…

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