JAPAN: Suga heads into parliamentary recess facing political headwinds

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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga heads into a parliamentary recess with his approval ratings having fallen sharply. Suga’s falling approval ratings likely reflect growing disapproval of his handling of Covid-19 and perhaps also the reemergence of a political finance scandal that has implicated former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s aides. In a press conference on 4 December, his first since taking office in September, Yoshihide Suga marked the end of his first parliamentary session as prime minister and, while he sounded a cautionary note about Japan’s third wave of Covid-19 i
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