Japan’s PM tipped to re­sign in June

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

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.

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