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Abe Shinzo and Japan's Foreign Policy
Bert Edström
eBook Edition: 2007

The election of Abe Shinzo as prime minister of Japan on September 26, 2006 bespeaks the emergence of a new generation of political leadership. He is the first prime minister of Japan born after the Second World War. His appointment symbolizes a regained Japanese self-esteem and assertiveness, which have gradually surfaced after the ‘lost decade’ of the 1990s. As the son of Abe Shintaro, one of Japan’s political heavyweights in the 1980s until his untimely death in 1991, and the grandson of the nationalist Kishi Nobusuke (prime minister 1957–60), Abe Shinzo represents political ‘blue blood’. He is inspired by his grandfather’s ‘fighting’ spirit and devotion to the national interest. One of his key commitments as a politician is a pledge to change ‘the post-war regime’ in order to succeed where his grandfather did not. (From Author)

eBook Contents

Executive Summary - A Change in the Offing for Japan? - Abe Shinzo: Life and Political Career - The Emergence of a New Prime Minister - Prospects and Priorities - Abe’s Dilemmas - About the Author

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