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Former Japanese leader says Shinzo Abe might step down as prime minister in June

A former Japanese prime minister is predicting that the country's embattled current leader, Shinzo Abe, will resign in June.

"The situation is getting dangerous," Junichiro Koizumi told the weekly magazine Aera. "Won't Mr. Abe resign around the time parliament's session ends," on June 20? Abe has denied several reports that he intervened in land sales and building deals to help friends, but he's facing mounting calls to step down. On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated near parliament, chanting, "Abe quit!"

Nippon TV released a new survey on Sunday showing Abe's support is only at 26.7 percent — the lowest point since he took office in December 2012.