FOCUS: Japan PM Abe faces turning point amid COVID-19, scandals

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe finds himself bogged down in another political scandal, some observers believe it could prove to be a decisive turning point in his premiership.Japan’s longest-serving leader has been powerless to prevent a chain of events, including the coronavirus crisis, from eroding public confidence in his leadership and administration.Now Thursday’s arrests of his close aide and former justice minister Katsuyuki Kawai and his wife Anri on suspicion of vote buying in the 2019 upper house election come as another blow to Abe as prime minister and head of the Liberal Democratic …

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