Shinzo Abe’s record tenure as Prime Minister of Japan has provided a stability which has helped maintain Tokyo’s global standing. But with Abe’s current term set to end next year and an increasingly uncertain geopolitical environment emerging, an element of unpredictability is creeping into Japanese politics.
To hear more about these developments, Asia House welcomed Toyoaki Fujiwara, Politics and Economy News Editor at Nikkei Asian Review, for a briefing with Corporate Members.
Fujiwara gave an overview of Abe’s premiership, including an assessment of Abenomics, and outlined some of the key figures tipped to serve as Japan’s next Prime Minister. He also discussed the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on Japan, before taking questions from Asia House Corporate Members.
Topics discussed included Abe’s popularity in Japan and his diplomatic achievements; the prospects for the country’s tourism sector; and Japan’s relationships within Southeast Asia.
Fujiwara was also asked about the challenges posed by China, in both trade and security terms.
The off-the-record briefing was moderated by Michael Lawrence, Chief Executive of Asia House, and provided Corporate Members with a timely update on Japan’s political and economic landscape.
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