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
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

Topic |   Japan
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
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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