Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to leave plethora of successor problems

Outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may have made himself the longest-serving leader in Japan, but he leaves behind a multitude of concerns his successor will have to resolve.

As the ruling Liberal Democratic Party announces a September 14 vote on a replacement for Abe, who is resigning for health reasons, here are some of the issues Japan’s next prime minister will confront.

Although Japan has seen a relatively limited outbreak of coronavirus, Abe ‘s government has been heavily criticised for handling the pandemic, with its response perceived as sluggish and disorganised.

A U-turn on cash handouts ignited uncertainty, while a proposal was mocked as needless and too late to give cloth masks to every home.

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