As Scandals Dent His Approval at Home, Japan’s Abe Hobbles Along

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Sept. 7, 2017 (AP photo).
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a plenary session at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia, Sept. 7, 2017 (AP photo).
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Earlier this summer, Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe reshuffled his Cabinet in an attempt to repair the image of his suddenly beleaguered government, which has been hit by a series of corruption scandals. After four years of soaring, and seemingly unassailable, approval ratings, Abe has finally seen chinks in his armor, as questions even rise about his ability to serve out a third term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP. If Abe loses the grip on his own party, his goal of staying as prime minister through the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo—and becoming Japan’s longest-serving […]

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