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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is considering visiting the Grand Shrines of Ise in Mie Prefecture later this month for the first time since he took office last September.

Yoshihide Suga | KYODO
Yoshihide Suga | KYODO

Japan’s prime minister customarily visits the Shinto complex at the beginning of the year.

The number of people accompanying Suga on the trip will be limited as much as possible to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, informed sources said Friday.

The prime minister will make a final decision on whether to make the trip while monitoring the infection situation, the sources said.

Suga is eager to visit the shrines, the sources said, adding that Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Kotaro Nogami is expected to accompany him.

Suga could visit the complex’s Naiku inner area and Geku outer area in the city of Ise. He not expected to hold a news conference there.

Suga was scheduled to visit the shrine in January, but ended up canceling the trip due to the spread of the coronavirus.

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