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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

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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