The resignation of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, comes at a time of profound uncertainty and geopolitical tension, from the coronavirus pandemic and economic recession to an assertive China and an inward-turning America. Mireya Solís assesses Abe’s domestic and international record, his institutional changes to Japanese leadership, and the challenges awaiting his successor.
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[Prime Minister Suga's visit to Washington] is a precious opportunity to boost his credentials as an adept steward of the U.S.-Japan alliance, at a time when domestic political support for his administration has dwindled.