In part two of this two part look at the end of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s time in office, we look at Abe’s legacy as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.
We’re joined by Tobias Harris, author of “The Iconoclast,” a biography of Shinzo Abe. Harris gives his take on Abe’s legacy, examining everything from his foreign policy to the missed opportunities.
Also on the show is Wakako Fukuda, one of the cofounders of the activist group SEALDs, who led some of Japan’s biggest protests since the 1960s against Abe’s proposed changes to security laws in 2015. She’ll be talking about why so many people joined SEALDs and what she hopes a future PM will do to support women.
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- Episode 63: The end of Shinzo Abe: What happened and who’s next? (Deep Dive)
- What will be Abe’s legacy as the longest-serving prime minister? (Editorial, The Japan Times)
- For Abe, latest milestone is a moment of trepidation (Tobias Harris, The Japan Times)
- What Abe leaves behind for Japan and the world (Brad Glosserman, The Japan Times)
- Abenomics here to stay despite Japan PM’s looming departure (Kazuaki Nagata, The Japan Times)
- Suga, favored to succeed Abe, says won’t lead ‘interim’ government (Kyodo)
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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