Japan’s PM tipped to resign in June
13 Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is likely to resign in June after two cronyism scandals sent his approval ratings to an all-time low and risked damaging his party’s fortunes in elections due next year, according to one of Japan’s most popular postwar leaders.
Junichiro Koizumi, a flamboyant reformer who was prime minister from 2001-06, said Abe had found himself in a “dangerous” situation over the scandals.
Speaking to Aera magazine, Koizumi said Abe could harm his Liberal Democratic party’s chances in the 2019 upper house elections if he manages to cling on to the LDP presidency in a leadership election due in September.
Abe has been badly bruised by allegations of cronyism centring on the heavily discounted sale of public land to the operator of an ultra-nationalist kindergarten in Osaka with links to his wife, Akie Abe.