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Japan’s Shinzo Abe tipped to resign in June as cronyism scandals take toll

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Prime minister’s popularity is at an all-time low and risks damaging his party’s standing in coming elections

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 risk damaging his party’s fortunes in elections next year, according to one of Japan’s most popular postwar leaders.

Junichiro Koizumi, a flamboyant reformer who was prime minister from 2001-06, told a weekly magazine published on Monday that Abe has found himself in a “dangerous” situation over the scandals, adding: “Won’t he resign around the time the current parliamentary session ends [on 20 June]?”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/16/japan-shinzo-abe-tipped-to-resign-june-cronyism-scandal