. Japan’s Leader Will Step Down, Damaged By Criticism Of His COVID Response « JO LEE MAGAZINE

NPR/Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga effectively announced his resignation, after his handling of the coronavirus pandemic cost him public support and dimmed his party’s prospects ahead of general elections this fall.

Suga’s exit after just under a year in power raises the specter of a return to a “revolving door” succession of Japanese leaders, who each serve one-year terms and leave a key U.S. ally politically adrift, just as Washington needs its cooperation on most aspects of Asia policy.

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