Yoshiyasu Shida

Japan PM Abe quits after year of scandal, crisis

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe abruptly announced his resignation on Wednesday after a year in power dogged by scandals, an election rout and a crisis over Japan's support for United States-led operations in Afghanistan. The hawkish Abe, who took office promising to boost Japan's global security profile, had seen his clout dwindle.

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