Former prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a House of Representatives committee session in Tokyo on Thursday about allegations his camp illegally paid for dinner receptions attended by his supporters. Photo: Kyodo
Former prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a House of Representatives committee session in Tokyo on Thursday about allegations his camp illegally paid for dinner receptions attended by his supporters. Photo: Kyodo
Japan

In Japan, Shinzo Abe’s ‘cherry blossom’ scandal has soured his legacy – but Suga stands to benefit, analysts say

  • After former prime minister’s admission of financial irregularities while in office, experts believe his hopes of a back-seat leadership role, particularly in foreign policy, are over
  • But his fall from grace could end up strengthening the position of PM Yoshihide Suga, who has risen above bad press affecting the ruling Liberal Democratic Party

Former prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a House of Representatives committee session in Tokyo on Thursday about allegations his camp illegally paid for dinner receptions attended by his supporters. Photo: Kyodo
Former prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a House of Representatives committee session in Tokyo on Thursday about allegations his camp illegally paid for dinner receptions attended by his supporters. Photo: Kyodo
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