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Kishida on firmer ground than Suga, but risks abound

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Will Prime Minister Fumio Kishida be the next one out of a revolving door of Japanese leaders?

History seems to point that way - a long-serving premier tends to be followed by a chain of short-term leaders - but analysts say Mr Kishida may well buck this trend, barring any major political scandals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2022, with the headline Kishida on firmer ground than Suga, but risks abound. Subscribe