Japan's Abe on Shaky Ground as He Returns to Meet Trump

Japanese leader is plagued by scandals amid calls for his resignation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2018 2:21 PM CDT
In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, President Trump, left, welcomes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe outside the West Wing of the White House.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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(Newser) – Japan's Shinzo Abe became the first foreign leader to meet President Trump after the US election, and he returns for another face-to-face on Tuesday. As CNN notes, Abe sorely needs to score some points with voters back home. Trump may be facing strong political headwinds of his own, but Abe is in rougher shape, beset by cronyism scandals amid speculation that his days in office are numbered. As the two leaders prepare to meet at Mar-a-Lago, here's a look at related coverage:

  • Gone in June? Abe's political mentor, former premier Junichiro Koizumi, predicted Abe would resign in June at the end of the current session of parliament, reports Bloomberg. That would get him out ahead of a potentially embarrassing leadership vote within his Liberal Democratic Party in September. Just months ago, it seemed a safe bet Abe would cruise to a third term.

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