INTERVIEW: Abe Still Relying on Public Disappointment with DPJ

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Lingering disappointment among the public with the former Democratic Party of Japan-led government is one reason for Shinzo Abe's becoming Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Seiji Maehara, former foreign minister under the DPJ administration, said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.

Maehara admitted that Japanese people currently see no other choices than Abe, despite a number of scandals involving his administration, as they feel that existing opposition parties, including the Democratic Party for the People, to which Maehara belongs, are unreliable.

"He's got his enemies exhausted through national elections that have been called about once in two years in recent years, resulting in his unchallengeable rule," Maehara said.

The opposition heavyweight also acknowledged that Abe is "skilled" at managing the administration, noting that his cabinet contains a good balance of members of factions within his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, Japan is losing strength as the Abe administration is dodging key challenges, Maehara argued, pointing to widening economic inequalities, swelling government debt and declining regional economies.

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