The Heat: Shinzo Abe’s resignation. What’s the impact?

The Heat

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, announced last Friday that he is stepping down after leading his country for almost eight years.

Abe, who is 65 years old, says he is resigning because of ill health. He will remain in office until a successor is named. Japan’s longest-serving prime minister says he wants to ensure a new leader can focus fully on the coronavirus epidemic and other major challenges.

To discuss:

  • Shihoko Goto is Senior Assoc., for Northeast Asia, Asia Program, Wilson Center
  • Einar Tangen is a current affairs commentator.
  • Harlan Ullman is Chairman of the Killowen Group and senior adviser with the Atlantic Council.
  • Sourabh Gupta is a Senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist at the Institute for China-America Studies.

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