URGENT: Japan's new PM Suga says virus response is top priority issue

Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday his government’s top priority issue is its response to the coronavirus pandemic.At his first press conference as the country’s leader, Suga said he will carry over his predecessor Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics,” a mix of economic measures aimed at beating deflation, and will focus on reviving regional economies.On the diplomatic front, the 71-year-old expressed his determination to resolve the long-standing issue of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, while stressing that the Japan-U.S. alliance will remain th…

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