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Suga administration suffers another setback due to controversial requests on alcohol ban

All national papers reported extensively that Prime Minister Suga apologized on Wednesday for the administration’s requests, later retracted, for banks to help enforce a ban on eateries serving alcohol and for wholesalers to stop selling alcohol to drinking establishments. While Economic and Fiscal Minister Nishimura has been blamed for proposing the controversial requests, the opposition bloc is stepping up its criticism of the premier by saying he had effectively condoned them. Mainichi claimed that the administration is desperate to hold Nishimura solely responsible so as to protect the prime minister. The dailies added that the latest stir is bound to further weaken the administration’s political foundation, which has already been hit hard over the Tokyo Olympics and the reinstatement of the COVID-19 state of emergency.

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