Shinzo Abe Resigns— What Now?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation caught the political establishment by surprise and set off a flurry of speculation about his successor. As the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s history, Abe’s tenure faced a shifting security and economic environment in the Indo-Pacific. Now he leaves pressing domestic and foreign policy challenges to the next prime minister. Join us for a webinar discussing Abe’s resignation and what it means for Japan in the coming weeks.


Tobias Harris, Author, The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

Tobias S. Harris is a Senior Vice President of the advisory firm Teneo, covering Japan and East Asia. He is the author of a newly published biography of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. From 2014-2020, he was a research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, where he studied Japan’s political economy and analyzed public opinion polls.

Yuichi Hosoya, Professor of International Politics, Keio University

Yuichi Hosoya is professor of international politics at Keio University, Tokyo. He also holds positions at the Nakasone Yasuhiro Peace Institute, the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research, and the Japan Institute of International Affairs. His research interests include postwar international history, British diplomatic history, Japanese foreign and security policy, and contemporary East Asian international politics.

Moderated by:

Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Fellow and Director, Japan Program, Stimson

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