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The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

by Tobias Harris
The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

by Tobias Harris


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Shinzo 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, following five years of reinvention, he masterfully regained the premiership in 2012, and now dominates Japanese democracy as no leader has done before.

Abe has inspired fierce loyalty among his followers, cowing Japan's left with his ambitious economic program and support for the security and armed forces. He has staked a leadership role for Japan in a region being rapidly transformed by the rise of China and India, while carefully preserving an ironclad relationship with Trump's America.

The Iconoclast tells the story of Abe's meteoric rise and stunning fall, his remarkable comeback, and his unlikely emergence as a global statesman laying the groundwork for Japan's survival in a turbulent century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787383104
Publisher: Hurst
Publication date: 10/01/2020
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 941,276
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

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's written on Japanese politics for the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs. He was also a a research fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA from 2014-2020.

Table of Contents

1. The Last Heisei Prime Minister
2. The Birth Of A Dynasty
3. The World That Made Shinzo
4. The Iconoclast
5. Champion Of The Abductees
6. The Weirdo
7. Abe's Rise
8. The Successor
9. Inferno
10. Abe In The Wilderness
11. The Comeback
12. "There Is No Alternative"
13. Building A New Japan
14. The Slow Boring Of Hard Boards
15. Alliance Of Hope
16. The Gamble
17. In Search Of A Legacy
18. A New Japan

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