FOCUS: Early election may be key to keeping Suga gov't afloat beyond 2021

Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, says he doesn’t plan to be an interim leader just serving out the balance of his predecessor Shinzo Abe’s term as ruling party leader, but whether Suga can stay in power beyond September 2021 is likely to depend on whether he calls an election at the right time.The 71-year-old, who took office Wednesday after serving as Abe’s chief Cabinet secretary for nearly eight years, has pledged to do his utmost to contain the coronavirus pandemic and deal with its economic fallout. Given the magnitude of these issues, he may find it difficult to add any other …

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