Japan's Prime Minister Resigns

Slumping approval ratings, a gaffe-prone Cabinet, and missing pension data help oust Shinzo Abe, but the impact on business looks benign

When Shinzo Abe took over from Junichiro Koizumi a year ago, there were bright hopes that the soft-spoken 52-year-old—Japan's youngest Prime Minister in 65 years—would continue Koizumi's legacy of reform.

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