Yoshihide Suga is expected to easily win a parliamentary vote for prime minister after becoming the Liberal Democratic Party's new leader with 377 of a total of 534 valid votes.
Yoshihide Suga, 71, appears likely to overcome other candidates after winning the support of major factions in Japan's Liberal Democratic Party.
A popular ex-defence minister and a colourful Twitter user are among the list of potential contenders to lead Japan following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's resignation due to health problems.
In a statement the IOC said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that "Japan will continue to cover the costs it would have done under the terms of the existing agreement for 2020, and the IOC will continue to be responsible for its share of the costs.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s government decided to send a warship and patrol planes to the region to protect its commercial tankers amid high tension in the region.
On the face of it, Shinzo Abe’s visit was a failure, however, by going and speaking to the Iranians the US has established a backdoor channel.
Macron said he had discussed with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the situation surrounding the arrest of Franco-Brazilian-Lebanese executive, Carlos Ghosn.
Hosting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago, Trump also confirmed that North and South Korea are negotiating an end to hostilities before next week's meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
If Abe secures a third term in the election, he will become Japan's longest-serving premier.
North Korea on Saturday conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that proved its ability to strike the US mainland, drawing a sharp warning from Trump and a rebuke from China.
Tomomi Inada, a close confidante of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was appointed defence minister in August 2016 but her tenure was marred by controversies.
US President Donald Trump discusses with his counterparts at the G7 the 2015 Paris agreement on fighting global warming, an accord he once pledged to cancel.
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