Japan’s longest-running Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced his resignation last Friday: What happened and who’s next? This is part one of a two part look at the end of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s time in office.
We’re joined by Tobias Harris, author of “The Iconoclast,” a biography of Shinzo Abe that was published the day before Abe resigned. Harris talks about Abe’s last few months in office, and who might be the next prime minister of Japan.
Also, Japan Times politics reporter Satoshi Sugiyama describes his day reporting on Abe’s historic resignation announcement.
- Suga, Abe’s right-hand man, declares candidacy for LDP leadership vote (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
- Abe right-hand man Yoshihide Suga emerges as a top pick to replace him (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
- Ruling LDP to skip rank-and-file votes in party election for Abe’s successor (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
- Abe to resign over health, ending era of political stability (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
- Abe’s resignation catches even Japan’s political insiders off guard (Satoshi Sugiyama, The Japan Times)
Tobias Harris’ biography of Shinzo Abe, “The Iconoclast” is out now. Deep Dive listeners can get a 25 percent discount by using the promo code ICONOCLAST25 if you order the book through the Hurst website.
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