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2014-11-12 Wed 04:31
Abe may have "three arrows" for the economy but his government has shot itself in the foot over the last month or so.
Abe took office in December 2012 promising to bring discipline and clarity to Japan's often opaque politics. But these are turbulent times for his administration.
Two cabinet ministers resigned in October, others are under fire, a further sales tax hike is proving unpopular and Japan's economic growth forecast has been cut for the fifth straight month.
All this can be turned around, and Abe's fortunes may rebound, but his second spell in office is increasingly reminiscent of his first stint as prime minister in 2006-07 which was marred by scandals among his ministers - several quit and one committed suicide. Abe himself resigned after just one year in the face of parliamentary deadlock, sliding support rates and ill health. His prime ministership, with so many twists and sub-plots, is resembling "Downturn Abe Part Two".