Yoshihide Suga was voted in as Japan’s new prime minister in parliament on Wednesday [Nicolas Datiche/Pool via Reuters]

Yoshihide Suga was elected as Japan’s next prime minister by the country’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday, replacing Shinzo Abe who resigned because of poor health and promising to continue his signature economic policies.

71-year-old Suga, the son of a strawberry farmer, won the leadership contest of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday and was all but assured the top job when his appointment went to a vote in parliament given the party’s two-thirds majority.

After years of economic stagnation and already struggling with the long-term effects of the world’s most elderly population – Japan has been dealt a severe blow by

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