Public approval could play into when he’ll call the next election, which must be held in less than a year.
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Suga must tread a fine line with Japan’s only formal security ally, the U.S., and its biggest trade partner, China.
Komeito, backed by a lay Buddhist group and led by Natsuo Yamaguchi, provides vital local support for the ruling LDP in elections.
In his last full week on the job, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid the groundwork for a plan to allow preemptive strikes on enemy bases.
The intensifying U.S.-China conflict and worsening diplomatic relations across Asia are forcing companies to rethink their prospects in China.
The activist’s arrest was front page news in local papers Tuesday and the hashtag #FreeAgnes trended on Japanese Twitter.
The LDP has begun debating ways to make Tokyo more attractive to international firms, but issues of taxation and the language barrier stand in the way.
The nation’s usual approach leaves little room for social distancing, with each person allotted space for one straw tatami mat — about 1.6 square meters.
The nation still needs to prevent a second wave, and that will involve testing and urging people to avoid risky situations.
Japan’s coronavirus emergency was coming to an end, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political troubles may be just beginning.