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Abe presses ahead with prosecutors' law change despite opposition

Public protest on Twitter, as leader faces rising criticism over virus management

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing widespread opposition to his plan to amend the law to allow top prosecutors to stay in post until they turn 65, from the current 63. 

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is standing by his proposal to delay the retirement of top prosecutors despite an avalanche of protests from the public and opposition who fear that the legal amendment would affect the impartiality of the Public Prosecutors Office.

At the center of the tussle is Hiromu Kurokawa, head of the Tokyo High Public Prosecutors Office and an Abe ally. The administration decided at a cabinet meeting in January to delay his retirement by revising the law, paving the way for the promotion of Kurokawa to the top post at the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office.

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