(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
PersonalBirth date: December 6, 1948Birth place: Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture, JapanFather: Wasaburo Suga, strawberry farmerRead MoreMother: Tatsu Suga, schoolteacherMarriage: Mariko SugaChildren: 3 sonsEducation: Hosei University, B.A. in Law, 1973Other FactsSuga is the longest-serving chief cabinet secretary in Japanese history.Suga is a teetotaler.Timeline1975 – Accepts a job as secretary to 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 the Kanagawa 2nd district.2001 – Deputy Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).2002 – Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. 2003 – Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.2004 – Deputy Chairman, Diet Affairs Committee, LDP.November 2005 – Is appointed Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications under Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.2006-2007 – Is appointed Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications and Minister for Privatization of the Postal Services in the first Shinzo Abe cabinet.December 2006-2007 – Minister of State for Decentralization Reform is added to his portfolio.August 2007 – Suga is replaced as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Minister for Privatization of the Postal Services and Minister of State for Decentralization Reform by Hiroya Masuda in a cabinet reshuffle.2007 – Director-General, Election Strategy Committee, LDP.2010 – Director, Committee on Rules and Administration, HR.October 2011 – Chairman of the LDP Party Organization and Campaign Headquarters.September 2012 – Executive Acting Secretary-General of the LDP.December 2012 – Chief Cabinet Secretary Minister in charge of Strengthening National Security.September 2014 – Given the additional title of Chief Cabinet Secretary Minister in charge of Alleviating the Burden of the Bases in Okinawa. October 2018 – Is named minister in charge of the Abductions Issue, tasked with investigating the abduction of citizens by North Korea during the 1970s and 1980s. 2018 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travels to Tokyo and meets with Suga.April 1, 2019 – Suga announces the name of the era of Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito, Reiwa or “beautiful harmony,” gaining worldwide notice and earning the nickname “Uncle Reiwa.” May 2019 – Travels to Washington, DC, to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior officials.September 14, 2020 – Suga is voted in as the new leader of the ruling LDP, securing about 70% of the votes and paving the way to become prime minister in a parliamentary vote later in the week. September 16, 2020 – Suga is formally voted in by parliament and is sworn in by Naruhito at the Imperial Palace as Japan’s new prime minister. April 16, 2021 – US President Joe Biden hosts Suga at the White House. Suga is the first foreign leader to visit the US since President Biden took office. September 3, 2021 – Announces he will not run in forthcoming LDP leadership election, effectively ceding the premiership and opening the race to other candidates after a term of less than a year.