Former Japanese PM Koizumi says current PM Abe may quit in June

Author: Eamonn Sheridan | Category: News

Reuters report on a piece on Japanese weekly magazine Aera's online site

Quote from former Japan PM Koizumi
  • "The situation is getting dangerous. Won't Mr. Abe resign around the time parliament's session ends (on June 20)?"
  • Abe is being dogged by suspected cronyism scandals and cover-ups
  • Speculation has also emerged that Abe could call a snap general election as he did last October, when his ratings were in a similar slump
  • A survey by broadcaster Nippon TV released on Sunday showed Abe's support had sunk to 26.7 percent, lowest since December 2012 when he won election
  •  An Asahi newspaper poll published on Monday put his rating at 31 percent.
Background to Abe's scandal woes:
  • Abe last week denied again that he had intervened to ensure preferential treatment for educational institution Kake Gakuen, run by his friend Kotaro Kake, to set up a veterinary school.
  • He has also repeatedly denied that he or his wife intervened in a heavily discounted sale of state-owned land to another school operator, Moritomo Gakuen, with ties to his wife.

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