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South Korean landslide changes Japan and Singapore election math

Abe, Lee and other leaders face judgment over coronavirus performance

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong can learn lessons from the way South Korean President Moon Jae-in's government handled the coronavirus outbreak. (Nikkei Montage/Reuters) 

TOKYO -- South Korea's deft handling of the coronavirus pandemic powered President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic Party to a landslide general election win last week. The central lesson for politicians across Asia is that prioritizing public health, even over economic interests, can pay off at the ballot box.

This could change the political calculations for leaders facing national votes over the next couple of years.

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