Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a lower house budget committee session at the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces criticism over suspected cronyism scandals and cover-ups that are eroding his support and raising doubts about how long he can stay in power. Following are factors likely to signal whether Abe, who returned to power for a rare second term in December 2012, will resign or opt not to run in a September ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership race that he needs to win to stay in office.Taro Aso, who is now Abe's finance minister, saw his ratings drop below 10 percent in 2009 but stayed on to lead the LDP to a historic defeat that August.Abe's support fell below 30 percent last summer, but he led his coalition to an election win and his ratings have rebounded.CRITICAL If the ruling bloc agrees to opposition demands that Abe's wife testify in Parliament about her role in one of the suspected scandals, Abe could resign rather than let that happen.
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