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Japan’s Suga crawls but needs to sprint

China’s challenge means Japan needs to race to keep pace but there is no evident urgency in new leader's plans

TOKYO – Japan needed a bang. What it got was a whimper. Case in point? Yoshihide Suga.

  • William Pesek
  • Asia Times

The newly minted prime minister has bigger troubles than recent drops in economic data as Covid-19 fallout continues to hammer exports.

Have you seen the leader’s approval ratings?

One month after Suga took the reins on September 16 from Shinzo Abe, his support rate had tumbled 11 points, according to the Nippon Keizai Shimbun.

A shaky economy is one reason.

The bigger one…

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