Speaking Of Asia

Contemplating Abe's autumn harvest

Speculation is rife about who might be Japan's next PM as the incumbent struggles doggedly to fulfil his goals in trying times


These should have been celebratory days for Mr Shinzo Abe.

This week, he passed 2,800 continuous days as Japan's prime minister, erasing a record set by his grand uncle, Eisaku Sato. Yet, it has been a while since he went to Yamaguchi prefecture, his bailiwick on the south-west of Japan's main island, or to his vacation home in Yamanashi prefecture, north of Mt Fuji.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2020, with the headline 'Contemplating Abe's autumn harvest'. Subscribe