A protester at the National Diet in Tokyo demands the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA

Just when the TPP thought it was safe … a scandal in Japan and an election in Malaysia come along

A cronyism row surrounding the Japanese PM threatens the chief cheerleader of the re-named pact. And even if Shinzo Abe scrapes by, Malaysian voters could throw a spanner in the works

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A protester at the National Diet in Tokyo demands the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.