Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe (Image: AAP/Lukas Coch)

The end of Honest Abe?

Could coronavirus be about to claim its first major political scalp? There are widespread calls for the resignation of Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe.

After weeks of inaction, Abe's sudden decision to close the nation’s schools for a month was poorly received.

Japan has struggled to roll out testing for the virus, managing only 900 patients per day while neighbouring countries test up to 10,000. Japan's former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe said the handling of virus had been “so disastrous” because Abe “has stayed too long in power”.