Japan's Economic Woes Cast Shadow on Abe's Twin Election Choice

  • Lawmaker blunders add to chilling effect of economic downturn
  • Opposition Democratic Party gaining ground in some polls

Shinzo Abe.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

With Japan’s economy shrinking, the stock market in turmoil, and a stronger yen threatening export earnings, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s calculus on whether to call a snap general election this summer has suddenly grown more complicated.

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