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What’s next for Japan after Abe’s resignation?


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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