March 02, 2024
Analysis

Shinzo Abe’s legacy building in the age of the new-look North Korea

Japan's Prime Minister faces dilemma over domestic agenda and changes on Korean Peninsula

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe survived a 2018 marked by scandal, corruption and political isolation to win re-election as leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party. With the stage set for Abe to lead the country until 2021, he stands to become the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japanese history.

Secure in the knowledge that he will not have to contest future elections, Abe now looks to shaping his political legacy. Domestically, the Japanese leader is well positioned to achieve his long-prized goal of reforming the Japanese Constitution, aimed at the re-appropriation of the military as an instrument of foreign policy.

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