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Race for next PM wide open after Suga’s resignation

The resignation of Prime Minister Suga could mark a return to the tradition of short-lived leaders that characterised Japan’s political system before Abenomics. Even so, the ruling LDP-Komeito coalition is still likely to win the Lower House election due by end-November and the new PM will probably keep fiscal policy very loose.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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