Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
On September 23rd, the Yokosuka Council on Asia-Pacific Studies (YCAPS) will host its ninth YCAPS-JUMP webinar at 11 AM JST (10 PM EST). This is part of a continuing series of events targeted to both service members in Japan and those in the United States. The featured guest will be Tobias Harris, author of “The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.” With the news of his resignation, it is an apt time to examine the political legacy of Prime Minister Abe. Mr. Harris will also give us his insights on the future of Japanese politics.
Shinzō Abe entered politics burdened by high expectations: that he would change Japan. In 2007, seemingly overwhelmed, he resigned after only a year as prime minister. Yet, he masterfully regained the premiership in 2012, and now dominates Japanese democracy. Abe has inspired fierce loyalty among his followers, sidelining political rivals with his ambitious economic program and support for the armed forces. He has staked a leadership role for Japan in the region while carefully preserving an ironclad relationship with Trump’s America.
The Iconoclast tells the story of Abe’s rise and fall, his remarkable comeback, and his unlikely emergence as a global statesman laying the groundwork for Japan’s survival in a turbulent century.
Tobias S. Harris is a Senior Vice President of the advisory firm Teneo, covering Japan and East Asia. Since working for a Japanese legislator in 2006-2007, he has run the blog Observing Japan, commented on Japanese politics for major publications and on television and radio programs; and conducted graduate research at MIT and the University of Tokyo. From 2014-2020, he was a research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, where he studied Japan’s political economy and analysed public opinion polls.
Cost: Free of charge.
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