The wind is back in the sails for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he appears to have chased off two cronyism scandals that first blew up last year.
His public approval ratings are 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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