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Japan's New First Lady Far from Being Attention Seeker

Japan's New First Lady Far from Being Attention Seeker

   Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--New Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's wife, Mariko, 67, does not like to seek attention but prefers to work as a behind-the-scenes supporter.
   "She has been devoting herself to a background role as she is publicity-shy," a person who is acquainted with the new Japanese first lady says. "She is an ordinary person and a kind mother."
   Suga met Mariko first when he was a secretary to a lawmaker. Her younger sister was working with Suga at the lawmaker's office at the time.
   Mariko has tirelessly supported her husband since he became a member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, at the age of 47.
   Her daily routine included seeing Suga off at a dormitory for Diet members in Tokyo in the morning, going back to their private home in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, and then returning to the dormitory in the evening to take care of him.

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