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As Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga pushes for a quicker vaccine rollout in a nation lagging much of the developed world, his top-down style is facing growing scrutiny after weeks of snap calls that bypassed even his own Cabinet, writes Satoshi Sugiyama.

“I get the impression that Suga can’t be satisfied unless he has to make decisions on everything,” says one political expert. But the PM’s micromanagement could backfire, leaving him without a buffer if things go pear-shaped.

And with a party leadership poll to come later this year, there are plenty of lawmakers waiting for Suga to slip up. In an interview published Wednesday, former PM Shinzo Abe helpfully named four likely lads (yup, all men) that he thought might make solid successors. Thanks, former boss.

Takahiro Tanaka (second from right) leaves a hotel on May 19 in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, after being arrested by the Aichi Prefectural Police. | KYODO
Takahiro Tanaka (center) leaves a hotel on May 19 in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, after being arrested by the Aichi Prefectural Police. | KYODO

Meanwhile in Aichi, the political world is in turmoil after the discovery of fraudulent signatures gathered for a recall petition calling on Gov. Hideaki Omura to resign over his handling of a controversial 2019 art exhibition, the Chunichi Shimbun reports.

Police have arrested a senior member of the group seeking the recall and three others over the affair. In an interview with the Chunichi, Takeshi Yamada admitted to forging finger stamps and signatures under instructions from the group’s leader.

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