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Japan’s ruling coalition is not as secure as it looks
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Japan’s ruling coalition is not as secure as it looks

Author Tobias Harris explains why Japan could be in for its most unpredictable—and consequential—election season in more than a decade.

Yoshihide Suga may have just had the worst stretch of his brief tenure as Japan’s prime minister.

On July 4, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party not only fell short of a majority in the Tokyo metropolitan elections, it actually delivered one of its worst results ever.

Meanwhile, a spike in COVID-19 cases in the capital forced another state of emergency — the fourth since the pandemic began — that will remain in effect through Aug. 22, ensuring that the Olympics will be held without spectators.

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Tobias Harris

Former Senior Fellow