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After Abe’s exit, who should lead Japan?

Daunting domestic and foreign policy challenges await whoever succeeds Shinzo Abe as prime minister of Japan

Part of the Japanese Foreign Policy Project
Japan
By Yuki Tatsumi Author

This article was originally published on August 29, 2020 by The Japan Times.

On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his intention to resign.

Ulcerative colitis — an ailment that took him out of office when he first became prime minister more than a decade ago — has claimed his tenure once again, with Abe’s announcement surprising many even those who claim to be close to Abe.

Although Abe will stay in the office until the Liberal Democratic Party elects its new leader, leadership transition in Japan has begun with the country’s longest-serving prime minister’s departure imminent.

Read the full article in the Japan Times.

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