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Japan Wonders If Abe Can Bounce Back Again After Scandals Pile Up

  • Resilient prime minister faces protests, sinking poll numbers
  • Lack of obvious heir may prompt ruling party to wait it out
Bloomberg business news
Japanese Premier Abe’s future has come under intense speculation amid scandals. Bloomberg’s Andy Sharp reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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When Shinzo Abe resigned as prime minister 11 years ago it came out of nowhere, two days after a major policy speech. Now, Japan is wondering if he’ll shock the government again.

Abe’s future has come under intense speculation amid a drip-feed of scandals that have prompted a series of public apologies and driven his poll numbers to near record lows. Critics within his Liberal Democratic Party are going public ahead of a scheduled vote on the party leadership in September, while his former mentor, ex-premier Junichiro Koizumi, predicted in an interview with the Shukan Asahi magazine that Abe would step down in June.