JAPAN: Abe’s authority weakens as controversial legislation shelved

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Faced with widespread opposition to a controversial reform of prosecutorial personnel laws, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to shelve the reform on Monday, 18 May.Despite enjoying relative success in containing Covid-19, Abe has not reaped any political benefits and instead has seen his authority diminished and his support fall.Abe may be in a vicious cycle where missteps fuel falling support, which frees members of his own party to challenge him, further undermining his authority.Due to the pandemic, his tools for exercising control are constrained. Despite the steady decline in the
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