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Inside Japanese politics

Dimming of Olympic torch casts shadow on Abe's succession plan

Tokyo 2020 delay turns guaranteed legacy into logistical nightmare

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is adamant on hosting the Tokyo Olympics while still in office.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed to summer 2021, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being forced to reevaluate his political calendar -- including on how to bow out of his post.

"I requested that the IOC consider delaying the games for about a year so that athletes throughout the world can attend under the best conditions and spectators feel safe," Abe said following a phone call with International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach on Tuesday.

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