Covid-19 puts Abe on the ropes as Xi cancels summit trip to Tokyo

Japan's Prime Minister is feeling the strain from the coronavirus outbreak on multiple fronts

The virus outbreak, falling into the groove of the extraordinary, left Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government floundering and, to some, uncaring in its response.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Anybody who knows something of Japanese culture would be aware of the average salaryman's pride in leaving daily for work - and returning late - a tiny signal to the neighbours that your boss wants you around while entertaining a client, dealer or higher-up.

Walk around Tokyo at night and you see men hanging around lamp posts to kill time so as not to get home too early.

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