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'Own goals' cost Abe support even as coronavirus emergency lifted

25 May 2020

TOKYO A string of controversial missteps has slashed public approval ratings for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to levels that could threaten to end his term early, even as he lifted a state of emergency after the rate of coronavirus infections declined.

REFILE-Abe's 'own goals' slash support rates even as Japan's coronavirus emergency set to be lifted

25 May 2020

TOKYO, May 25 A string of controversial missteps has slashed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support to levels that could threaten to end his term early, even as he prepares to lift a state of emergency after the rate of coronavirus infections declined.

Japan may end Tokyo state of emergency as early as next week - PM

21 May 2020

TOKYO Japan may lift the state of emergency in Tokyo as early as next week if new coronavirus infections remain low, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, raising hopes that the world's third-largest economy may soon start recovering from recession.

Tokyo top prosecutor quits, justice minister says, in blow to Japan's Abe

21 May 2020

TOKYO Tokyo's top prosecutor resigned on Thursday for gambling during Japan's coronavirus state of emergency, the justice minister said, in another blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose support has waned over his handling of the pandemic.

Japan's coronavirus crisis sparks calls for revamping the school year

20 May 2020

TOKYO Advocates of changing Japan's century-old tradition of starting the school year in April, when cherry blossoms bloom, are seizing on school closures caused by the coronavirus as a chance for reforms they say will internationalise education.

Japan lifts emergency in most areas but not in Tokyo, Osaka

14 May 2020

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency in large parts of the country on Thursday but said it would remain in place in Tokyo until the novel coronavirus is contained. | Video

Japan's Abe criticised for move on prosecutors during coronavirus crisis

11 May 2020

TOKYO Celebrities and other critics of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have taken to social media in droves to protest against a plan to raise the retirement age for prosecutors, calling it undemocratic and ill-timed during the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus-wary Japan tries to take business card ritual online

07 May 2020

TOKYO Japan's time-honoured ritual of exchanging business cards face-to-face is under pressure as the government promotes a "new lifestyle" to combat the coronavirus.

Wife of Japan's Abe criticised for group shrine visit, adding to his coronavirus woes

16 Apr 2020

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife came under fire on social media on Thursday over a report she visited a shrine last month with about 50 people, adding to public disapproval of how the premier has handled the coronavirus crisis.

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