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Japan election set for fall as COVID and Olympics come first

Suga's performance to impact Biden's Indo-Pacific strategies

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has signaled that a no-confidence motion by the opposition would trigger a snap election. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga looks likely to wait until autumn to call an election as the coronavirus outbreak rages on and the opposition gives up on a no-confidence vote that could have forced his hand.

With an election off the table, Suga plans to use the next several months to advance vaccinations to bring coronavirus infections under control and host a successful Olympics.

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