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The Political Implications of Japan's COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

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Japan began its COVID-19 vaccine rollout in mid-February, months after other developed countries. While the vaccination effort has picked up speed in recent weeks, the country has only fully inoculated just under 12 percent of the population as of June 29. Whether Japan can take control of the pandemic by achieving some of its vaccination targets could help determine whether Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide remains in office beyond the fall.

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