The retirement of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was met with concern and dismay in Japan. The long-serving leader had been in office since 2012, retained a strong popularity amongst the population, and was well respected as a thoughtful and progressive leader in the international arena.
Following in his footsteps is Yoshihide Suga, a public face of the Abe administration who emerged as a leading favourite. The 71 year old is from a modest background and a self made man, the son of a strawberry farmer from rural northern Japan, and would be an unusual leader in a country that favours political dynasties.
What is the legacy that Abe leaves behind from his time as Prime Minister? What can the people of Japan expect under Suga’s leadership, and what does his appointment mean for Japan’s alliances in the region?
A live recording of the Asia Rising podcast from La Trobe Asia via zoom
Guest: Dr Shiro Armstrong (Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University)
Host: Matt Smith