August 13, 2022

Why North Korea will be a chronic headache for Japan’s new prime minister

The future of Japan-DPRK relations are uncertain in a post-Abe era and experts say Suga has little leverage to work with

Standing behind the podium with a solemn expression on his face, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke of his struggles with ulcerative colitis and announced his sudden resignation in late August — a move that raised many questions about Japan’s future.

Of all the things Abe could have said in the moment, his mind wandered to North Korea and the Japanese abductees who might still be alive there.