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.
The above excerpt was originally published in Nikkei Asia.
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