Abe's approval ratings jump, third term as LDP leader seems likely as scandals fizzle

According to a poll conducted in June, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support rating was at 52 per cent, a surge of 10 percentage points from the May survey.
According to a poll conducted in June, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support rating was at 52 per cent, a surge of 10 percentage points from the May survey.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TOKYO - The wind is  in the sails for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he seems to have closed the lid again on two cronyism scandals that first blew up last year.

His public approval ratings is up, just three months before a pivotal leadership vote in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) - expected on Sept 20 - that will determine if he stays or goes. The leader of the ruling party in the Diet is, by default, the prime minister.

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