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Inside Japanese politics

Race to replace Abe threatens stability of Japanese politics

Autumn snap election looms as premier seeks to restore lost influence over party

From left, former Foreign Minister Kishida, Prime Minister Abe, cabinet secretary Suga, fomer defense minister Ishiba.
Pictured, from left to right, are Fumio Kishida, who chairs the Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister. (Nikkei Montage)

TOKYO -- Japanese politics have been remarkably stable even as a strain of populism swept much of the world. That may be coming to an end, however, as the new coronavirus has turned the country's political and economic landscape totally upside down

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